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Bruce Highway

The 2018-19 Budget includes further investments to improve safety, capacity and flood immunity.

About the project

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% 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 total funding of $10 billion for the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program from 2013-14 to 2027-28.

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.


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Bruce Highway Safety Package

The Bruce Highway Safety Package looks to improve the overall safety of the highway. The types of work currently included as part of 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:


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 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 is committed to providing $10 billion from 2013-14 to 2027-28.


The projects will be progressively delivered from 2013-14 to 2027-28.

Further information

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: