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Bruce Highway - Sarina to Cairns - Upgrade the Southern Approach to Mackay

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Early 2009 - Late 2013
Estimated Project Cost:$49,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$49,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Mackay Regional Council
Corridor:Brisbane - Cairns

Project Description

This project involved the duplication of the Bruce Highway to four lanes from Temples Lane to the existing four lanes at Boundary Road and the upgrade of six intersections and was constructed in three stages:

  • Stage 1 - intersection upgrade at Farrelly’s Lane/Schmidtkes Road and duplication of the Bruce Highway from Farrelly’s Lane to Boundary Road;
  • Stage 2 - upgrade of the Boundary Road and City Gates intersections; and
  • Stage 3 - duplication of the Bruce Highway from Temples Lane to Farrelly’s Lane.


The upgrade created safer driving conditions and shorter commute times through reduced congestion.


The Australian Government provided $49 million towards the project.


Construction of Stage 1 was completed in January 2010 and Stage 2 was completed in June 2012. Stage 3 works commenced in June 2012, with the project being fully completed in October 2013.

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Project details last updated: 2/05/2018