Bruce Highway Cairns to Innisfail (McDonnell Creek)

About the project

This project involved the widening of the road and centreline to allow a 1 metre distance between vehicles along the Fishery Falls stretch of the Bruce Highway.

The project served the dual purpose of increasing road safety for local McDonnell Creek school students and residents, and also improved stormwater drainage through the site due to culvert extensions.

Key Capabilities

Major road and highway infrastructure; Major drainage infrastructure

Project Location

Fishery Falls, Queensland

Client Name

Department of Transport & Main Roads

Project Duration

June 2016 – November 2016

Project Value

$3.8 Million

Project scope

  • General road excavation and embankment filling.
  • Culvert extensions and management of creek diversions.
  • Headwall construction.
  • Subgrade treatments (Type A and E and Rock Replacement).
  • CMB and CTB gravel placement.
  • AMC7/C170/PMB sealing.
  • Guardrail installation.
  • Installation of new road furniture.
  • Unsuitable material remove and replace.
  • Contraflow traffic management.
  • Working within QR rail corridor.

Innovations & Highlights

  • Maintaining school and residential access during critical periods.
  • Placing 1,200 tonnes of gravel a day under one lane contraflow staging.
  • Delivery of works and sediment control during the project, which had rainfall of 700mm.