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Bruce Highway Overview

The 1,700 kilometre Bruce Highway is Queensland's major north-south road corridor, connecting coastal population centres from Brisbane to Cairns and supporting around 58 per cent of Queensland's population.

The highway provides critical linkages for freight movements between inland production areas and eleven coastal ports and major regional centres. It is also a major commuter route at its southern end and a key tourist corridor.

The Australian Government is committed to providing a total funding of up to $6.7 billion for the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program.

The projects include major upgrades and realignments, strengthening and widening type works, plus a range of safety and efficiency measures to target poor crash sites and to provide additional overtaking lanes and rest areas.


The Bruce Highway has been rated as one of the most dangerous roads in Australia.
The range of projects to be undertaken as part of the Infrastructure Investment Programme are aimed at improving the safety, capacity constraints, and flood immunity issues currently experienced along the length of the Bruce Highway.


The Australian Government is committed to providing $6.7 billion over the 10 year period from 2013-14. 


The projects will be progressively delivered over the ten year period to 2023.

More Information

Further information on the Bruce Highway Upgrade Programme and projects along the Bruce Highway can be found on the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads webpage.


Last Updated: 28 June, 2017