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Bruce Highway

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 ReadSpeaker.


Click on a project to view details including a map, funding and timetable:

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:


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

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: