Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Bruce Highway - Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Early 2019 - Mid 2022
Estimated Project Cost:$409,313,000
Australian Government Contribution:$327,450,400
Local Council/Shire:Burdekin Shire Council
Corridor:Brisbane - Cairns

Project Description

This project involves the construction of a higher level bridge, road approaches, overpasses and the application of wide centre line treatments at the Haughton River on a new alignment.

Scope of works:

  • Upgrading 13.5km of the Bruce Highway traversing the Haughton River floodplain
  • Construction of an upgraded Haughton River bridge
  • Wide centre line treatment works along the 13.5km section of highway
  • Two new highway overpasses of the existing cane-tramway open-level crossings
  • Upgrading nine rural intersections
  • Realignment of a curve to improve safety


This project will reduce the frequency and duration of road closures due to flooding on the Bruce Highway at Horseshoe Lagoon, Haughton River, Pink Lily and the Reed Beds.

It aims to improve freight reliability for Queensland’s north-south general supply chain, enhance regional connectivity for key industries and boost accessibility for rural residents travelling to Townsville for essential health services.

Safety will be enhanced with the elimination of two at-grade rail crossings at the Bruce Highway intersections with the Woodstock Giru Road and Hodel Road, south of Haughton.


The Australian Government has committed up to $327.45 million towards the project, in partnership with the Queensland Government.


Major construction commenced in April 2019. The road was opened for use in June 2022, and practical completion was reached in November 2022.

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Project details last updated: 9/01/2023