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


The 10km highway duplication will create a 4-lane highway from Edmonton south to Gordonvale.


Edmonton to Gordonvale.


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.


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.

Northern Region

Project info

Stage 3 will run south from Collinson Creek in Edmonton to the east of the existing highway as far as the vicinity of Wrights Creek. The North Coast rail line will be moved to the east. 

The new alignment then duplicates the existing highway on the western side, creating 2 extra lanes as far as Gordonvale.  

It will incorporate the existing 4-lane section at Meringa, and in the Maher Road area it will involve moving the existing rail line to the east.  

There are currently a number of intersections and direct accesses on the existing highway. The new alignment will either partially or fully close most of these to increase road safety and improve traffic flow. Service roads will be used to re-direct traffic to safer access points, including using the existing Bruce Highway as a service road between Petersen Road and Wrights Creek.

The 10km planned highway duplication is an extension of existing completed works and will extend the 4-lane highway south to Gordonvale. 

Funding for the work is committed beyond 2019 with construction expected to begin in 2020.

Project update: March 2017

Community info

For up-to-date information on traffic conditions across Queensland, visit QLDTraffic or phone 13 19 40.

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Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale map

Last updated
03 October 2017