The John Doyle Bridge on Anzac Avenue Mareeba is CLOSED to traffic for major infrastructure works.

Mareeba Shire Council is starting construction on the John Doyle Bridge Project in Mareeba on Monday 1 June 2020.

To allow the works to be carried out safely, the John Doyle Bridge on Anzac Avenue will be closed from Friday 29 May 2020 for up to four months. Changed traffic conditions will be in place to ensure traffic flows efficiently via alternative routes. Motorists should allow extra travel time.

The project will include replacing the superstructure of the bridge (timber girders and steel deck) with steel concrete and strengthen the existing concrete substructure (piers and abutments). The works will increase the overall lifespan of the bridge, providing access to a significant residential area and a reliable transport route for freight and heavy vehicles.

Safe access for pedestrians, cyclists and those on mobility scooters will be available via a temporary foot-bridge.

During construction, the bridge will be temporarily closed to all traffic. Residents will need to access Mareeba’s CBD via the Kennedy Highway and allow extra travel time as there will only be one access into Mareeba.

The project is expected to be completed mid-November, weather permitting.


  • Enabling heavier vehicle access into Mareeba
  • Meeting the growth and future demands of the Shire
  • Decrease the maintenance requirements
  • Protecting the bridge’s integrity and durability
  • Provide safe travel over the bridge
  • Improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists

This project is jointly funded by the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program, the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland Program and Mareeba Shire Council.