At Fitzroy Crossing, the Fitzroy River Bridge was significantly damaged along with 500 metres of road east of the townsite, cutting access to Aboriginal communities east of Fitzroy River as well as the East Kimberley and Northern Territory.
Ferry, Bus and Barge Services
With the opening of the single and two-lane crossings across the River, all ferry and barge services have stopped.
It is anticipated services will recommence operation during the next wet season.
The bus service between Fitzroy Crossing and the nearby communities east of the river is still running until pedestrian access is restored across the river.
- Temporary Single Lane Causeway
The single-lane causeway across the Fitzroy River is open to all vehicles up to Rigid Heavy Vehicles.
The operation of the single-lane causeway is subject to river flows. It may close to traffic at short notice should river levels rise.
- Temporary two-lane low-level crossing
A two-lane low-level crossing across the Fitzroy River (located approximately 200 metres upstream from the flood-damaged bridge) and detour is now open to all vehicles, including road trains and oversize vehicles.
The temporary detour of Great Northern Highway reinstates full road access across the Fitzroy River during this dry season, while the new bridge is being constructed.
The detour has been sealed with temporary traffic management in place to guide motorists. A footpath is also being established to safely cater for pedestrians.
The low-level crossing will be removed at the end of the year, prior to the wet season and river flowing again.
New Fitzroy River Bridge
Demolition of the old bridge has been mostly completed, allowing for construction of the new bridge to commence. It is envisaged that the new bridge will be operational in mid-2024.
Visit the New Fitzroy River Bridge Project page for more updates.