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

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 per cent 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 over $5 billion to the Bruce Highway between 2022-23 to 2031-32, 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. Projects are also aimed at improving capacity constraints, and flood immunity issues along the length of the Bruce Highway.

A map showing current Australian Government investment in the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program is located here PDF: 15834 KB ReadSpeaker.

Bruce Highway safety packages

As improving safety is a key objective of the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program, the Australian Government is investing in packages dedicated to improving the overall safety of the highway. The types of work funded under these packages 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.

The Bruce Highway safety packages include:


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

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.