Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Bruce Highway – Overtaking Lanes

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:Under construction
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Early 2015 - Mid 2028
Estimated Project Cost:$324,730,000
Australian Government Contribution:$324,730,000
Local Council/Shire:Brisbane City Council,Burdekin Shire Council,Hinchinbrook Shire Council,Townsville City Council,Bundaberg Regional Council,Cairns Regional Council,Cassowary Coast Regional Council,Fraser Coast Regional Council,Gladstone Regional Council,Gympie Regional Council,Isaac Regional Council,Mackay Regional Council,Moreton Bay Regional Council,Rockhampton Regional Council,Sunshine Coast Regional Council,Whitsunday Regional Council
Corridor:Brisbane - Cairns

Project Description

This package of works will construct new overtaking lanes along the Bruce Highway in areas that lack overtaking opportunities. Overtaking lanes can be added to high-speed two-lane roads in situations where overtaking of slower moving vehicles is only possible when there is a suitable gap in the oncoming traffic and sufficient sight distance at a location.


The new overtaking lanes will provide increased safety, travel efficiency and reduced motorist frustration particularly on routes that carry significant numbers of freight and recreational vehicles.


The Australian Government is fully funding the $324.73 million Bruce Highway Overtaking Lanes package.


Construction on the first of the new overtaking lanes commenced in February 2015 with works to be progressively undertaken through to mid 2028.

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Project details last updated: 27/06/2022