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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, in partnership with the Queensland Government has committed $8.5 billion to a ten year Bruce Highway Upgrade Programme from 2013-14 as part of the Infrastructure Investment Programme.

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.

Projects commencing from 2013-14 to 2019-20 are:

Beyond 2020-21:

  • Cairns Southern Access Corridor - Stage 3;
  • Edmonton to Gordonvale Duplication;
  • Babinda Intersection Upgrade.
  • Innisfail Bypass - plan and preserve corridor;
  • Ash and Pine Streets Intersection Upgrade (Innisfail);
  • Dallachy Road Flood immunity upgrade;
  • Ingham to Cardwell Range Deviation - plan and preserve corridor;
  • Burdekin Deviation - plan and preserve corridor;
  • Gooranga Plains Upgrade - plan and preserve corridor;
  • Jumper Creek Upgrade;
  • Knobels Road Intersection Upgrade (north of Mackay);
  • Childers Bypass - plan and preserve;
  • Tiaro Flood Immunity Upgrade;
  • Saltwater Creek Upgrade;
  • Additional Safety Improvements.


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 providing up to $6.7 billion over the 10 year period from 2013-14.  In total, $8.5 billion is to be invested over the ten year period in partnership with the Queensland Government.


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: 24 October, 2016