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Bruce Highway - Cairns Southern Access Corridor - Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale


This project will duplicate a 10.5km section of the highway to create a 4-lane highway from Edmonton south to Gordonvale.

Construction is on track to begin early 2020.


Bruce Highway from Edmonton to Gordonvale.


Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2023, weather permitting.


The works will deliver a total transport solution and long-term improvements to traffic flow and road safety through reducing congestion, reducing highway travel time and improving road access.

This project will support about 466 full-time jobs over its duration.


Two tenderers, John Holland Seymour Whyte AECOM Joint Venture (HAS Group) and Bielby Hull Albem Coleman Joint Venture (BHA Coleman JV), have been selected to collaborate with the department through the Early Contractor Involvement stage of the project.

Upon completion of the Early Contractor Involvement stage 1 tenderer will be awarded the Design and Construction Contract for the project.

Contractors from both joint ventures have long histories successfully delivering major infrastructure projects in the North Queensland region.


A total of $481 million has been committed to the project - jointly funded by the Australian ($384.8 million) and Queensland ($96.2 million) governments.

North Queensland Region

Project info

The Bruce Highway - Cairns Southern Access Corridor - Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale project involves a 10.5km upgrade and duplication of the Bruce Highway. The project is Stage 3: of the Cairns Bruce Highway Upgrade Master Plan released in 2010.

This project will deliver significant safety improvements along this section of the Bruce Highway, which is the busiest 2-lane section of the Bruce Highway between Brisbane and Cairns.

Key features of the reference layout

Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale map

The current reference layout scope includes:

  • duplication of all existing 2-lane sections of the Bruce Highway between Edmonton and Gordonvale to 4-lanes
  • a new alignment for the Bruce Highway to the eastern side of the existing highway between Peterson Road and Warner Road
  • a new signalised intersection at Peterson Road and upgraded signalised intersections at Draper Road and Riverstone Road
  • new service roads that remove local trips from the highway
  • realignment and upgrade of over 4.7km of the Queensland Rail North Coast Line to accommodate the duplicated highway
  • removal of multiple at grade rail crossings and upgrade of boom gates at other crossings
  • new road and rail bridges at Wrights Creek and Stoney Creek
  • new Bruce Highway road overpass south of Maitland Road
  • relocation of existing cane rail lines at locations to accommodate the duplicated highway
  • a dedicated off-road high-speed cycleway from Riverstone Road to the north of Collinson Creek to tie into the existing cycleway at Thompson Road
  • a new cycleway bridge at Collinson Creek and the re-use of existing rail bridges for the cycleway at Wrights Creek and Stoney Creek.

Several intersections and direct accesses to the existing Bruce Highway will either be partially closed or removed to improve traffic flow and increase road safety on the highway.

Changes to the alignment and access to the highway completed through this project will allow the posted speed to be 100km/hr between Edmonton and Gordonvale.

Note: Certain aspects of the scope included in the reference layout may change as the project undertakes the detailed design works as part of the design and construct contract.

Latest news

Project updates

Project update: March 2017

Contact details

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Phone: 1800 187 937*
Post: Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale
Department of Transport and Main Roads
Far North District
PO Box 6185
Cairns QLD 4870

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Last updated
07 March 2019