​Bow River Bridge

Jointly funded by the Australian and State Governments, the Bow River Bridge project will see the existing single lane bridge over Bow River in the Kimberley region replaced with a two lane bridge. The existing single lane low-level bridge was built in 1965 and is frequently over-topped by flood waters, cutting off the only sealed access between Broome and Wyndham. The project will provide increased employment opportunities and a more reliable road network for the Kimberley region.


Image: Bow River Bridge flooding March 2011

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Work has commenced on site and includes surveying, clearing and camp and site office establishment. Construction of the deck precast beam for the new bridge has also commenced in Perth and will be transported up to site when finished.

Scope of works

  • Construction of a new two lane high-level concrete bridge
  • Realignment of 2.3 km of highway
  • High-level road embankments
  • Rock guide banks at bridge abutments
  • A new sealed parking area
  • Demolition of the existing single lane bridge

Once construction on the new bridge is complete, traffic will be switched from the old alignment onto the new alignment and the old bridge and roadway will be removed.


Image: Bow River Bridge project map


​Key benefits

  • Improved efficiency, safety and reliability on Great Northern Highway between Broome and Wyndham
  • Provide an average of 40 jobs over the life of the project
  • Offer employment to Aboriginal people
  • Support businesses within the region.


​Key dates

Construction start: April 2018

Construction complete: End of 2018

Last Updated: 23 April 2018