The 2019-20 Budget includes further investments to improve safety, capacity and flood immunity on the Bruce Highway.
About the program
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 percent 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 has committed $10 billion to the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program from 2013-14 to 2027-28 to deliver priority upgrades along the route.
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.
A map showing current Australian Government investment in the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program is located here PDF: 7697 KB .
Click on a project to view details including a map, funding and timetable:
- Arnot Creek Bridge Upgrade
- Ash and Pine Streets Intersection Upgrade
- Babinda Intersection Upgrade
- Boundary Road Interchange
- Burdekin Deviation—Plan and Preserve Corridor
- Burdekin Road Safety Audit
- Cabbage Tree Creek to Carman Road and Black Creek Range Section Upgrade
- Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way
- Cairns Southern Access Corridor—Stage 2—Robert Road to Foster Road
- Cairns Southern Access Corridor—Stage 3—Edmonton to Gordonvale Duplication
- Cairns Southern Access Corridor—Stage 4—Kate to Aumuller
- Cairns Southern Access Corridor — Stage 5
- Calliope Crossroads
- Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway
- Cattle and Frances Creeks Upgrade
- Childers Bypass—Plan and Preserve
- Cooroy to Curra—Section A
- Cooroy to Curra—Section C
- Cooroy to Curra—Section D
- Cooroy to Curra—Section D—Planning and Design
- Cooroy to Curra—Planning and Design
- Dallachy Road Flood Immunity Upgrade
- Deception Bay Interchange Upgrade
- Duplication from Vantassel Street to Cluden
- Goorganga Plains Upgrade—Plan and Preserve Corridor
- Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade
- Improved Flood Immunity at Gairloch Floodway
- Ingham to Cardwell Range Deviation—Plan and Preserve Corridor
- Innisfail Bypass—Plan and Preserve Corridor
- Jumper Creek Upgrade
- Knobels Road Intersection Upgrade (north of Mackay)
- Linkfield Road Overpass
- Mackay Intersection Upgrade—Stage 2
- Mackay Northern Access Upgrade
- Mackay Ring Road—Stage 1
- Mackay Ring Road — Stage 2
- Managed Motorways—Gateway Motorway to Caboolture
- Maroochydore Road Interchange Upgrade—Stage 1
- Pine River to Caloundra Corridor – Future Priorities
- Pine River to Caloundra Interchange—Planning
- Realign and Raise Highway from Sandy Corner to Collinsons Lagoon
- Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade—Stage 1
- Rockhampton Ring Road
- Rockhampton Ring Road—Plan and Preserve Corridor
- Saltwater Creek Upgrade
- Sandy Gully Bridge Upgrade
- Sarina Northern Access Upgrade
- Tiaro Flood Immunity Upgrade
- Tinana Interchange
- Townsville Northern Access Intersections Upgrade
- Townsville Ring Road—Section 4 (Shaw Road to Mount Low)
- Townsville Ring Road—Stage 5
- Upgrade Burdekin River Bridge
- Upgrade of Caboolture to Caloundra
- Upgrading of Southern Approaches to Gin Gin
- Upgrading the Southern Approach to Mackay
- Upgrade Southern Approach to Cairns
- Wide Bay Intersection Upgrade
- Yellow Gin Creek Upgrade
- Yeppen Floodplain Upgrade
Bruce Highway Safety Package
The Bruce Highway Safety Package looks to improve the overall safety of the highway. The types of work funded under this package include:
- Widening high-priority sections of pavement for wide centreline treatment.
- Installing barriers and intersection treatments at high-priority locations that coincide with priority widening locations
- Installing safety barriers at high risk sites
- Improvements to signs, lines and guidance systems.
Bruce Highway Safety Package projects include:
- Bruce Highway Safety Package
- Black Spots — Sarina to Cairns
- Black Spots — Curra to Sarina
- Black Spots — Caboolture to Curra
- Overtaking Lanes — Sarina to Cairns
- Overtaking Lanes — Curra to Sarina
- Rest Areas — Sarina to Cairns
- Rest Areas — Curra to Sarina
- Overtaking Lanes
- Pavement widening — Caboolture to St Lawrence
- Pavement widening — St Lawrence to Bowen
- Pavement widening — South Home Hill to North Ingham
- Pavement widening — Ingham to Cairns
- Additional Safety Improvements
- Roads Operations Improvement Projects
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 Bruce Highway Upgrade Program are aimed at improving the safety, capacity constraints, and flood immunity issues currently experienced along the length of the Bruce Highway.
The Australian Government has committed $10 billion from 2013-14 to 2027-28.
The projects are being progressively delivered from 2013-14 to 2027-28.
Further information on the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program and projects along the Bruce Highway can be found on the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads website: