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The Mackay Ring Road is a key project funded under the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program and involves the construction of an 11.3km new alignment to connect the Bruce Highway at the Stockroute Road roundabout in the south through to Bald Hill Road in the north.

A major benefit of the project is improvement of road network connectivity.  As part of delivering an integrated transport network, the Mackay Ring Road will deliver the first 2.6km of the Walkerston Bypass project and will connect to the Mackay Northern Access Upgrade project.

The new route will reduce travel time by avoiding 10 signalised intersections and involves the construction of new connections at the following locations:

  • Bruce Highway south
  • Peak Downs Highway
  • Bruce Highway north.

New dual-lane roundabouts will be constructed at the southern end at the Stockroute Road and Calrossie Road intersection and at the northern end just north of Bald Hill Road. A substantial overpass structure with an entry and an exit ramp to and from the north will be constructed at the Peak Downs Highway Intersection.

The Bruce Highway south roundabout will connect the Mackay Ring Road to the Walkerston Bypass project, and the Bruce Highway north roundabout will connect the Mackay Ring Road to the Mackay Northern Access Upgrade project.

The Peak Downs Highway interchange includes an overpass structure with a clearance height of 5.5m, on and off ramps to and from the north, an upgrade of the existing Peak Downs Highway between Horse and Jockey Road and Sextons Road and construction of a shared pedestrian/bicycle pathway.

Bruce Highway South

Bruce Highway South

Bruce Highway North

Bruce Highway North

Peak Downs Highway Interchange

Peak Downs Highway Interchange

Collectively, these new network connections will improve freight efficiency for Bruce Highway traffic and also improve a vital connection for the supply chain to the northern Bowen Basin.

Last updated
21 May 2019