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Bruce Highway Safety Package – Mackay – Proserpine (The Leap to Careys Creek)


The Bruce Highway Safety Package (The Leap to Careys Creek) is being delivered as part of the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program to improve safety, flood resilience and capacity along the Bruce Highway.  

The package is 1 construction contract consisting of 4 projects that include:

  • Bruce Highway Hampden to Kuttabul formation widening and resurfacing
  • Bruce Highway Palm Tree Creek (extension of northbound overtaking lane)
  • Bruce Highway Township Entry Treatment at The Leap and Kuttabul 
  • Roadside Hazard Reductions

Bruce Highway – located between Geeberga Buthurra Road and around 1km south of the Maraju-Yakapari Road, Yakapari-Seaforth Road and Bruce Highway intersection.

The overtaking lane extension located on Bruce Highway at Palm Tree Creek.

  • Reduced number of crashes on the Bruce Highway
  • Reduced possibility of conflicts between right-turning traffic and through traffic
  • Improved driver visibility overall improved road safety
  • Enhance safety for road users, especially heavy vehicle operators

$49.06 million from the jointly Australian and Queensland government funded Bruce Highway Safety Package.

$1.1 million from the fully Australian Government funded Bruce Highway – Additional Funding for Black Spots, Rest Areas and Safety Upgrades.

$1.07 million from the fully Australian Government funded Bruce Highway – Overtaking Lanes Package.

Central Region - Mackay Whitsunday District

Project info

The Bruce Highway Safety Package (The Leap to Careys Creek) will improve safety by widening the highway to install wide centre lines, to reduce the incidents of head-on crashes, installation of safety barriers, upgrading 9 intersections and the extension of an overtaking lane along the Bruce Highway at Palm Tree Creek. 

The project will stretch from the Bruce Highway/Maraju-Yakapari Road/Yakapari-Seaforth Road intersection to Careys Creek, passing through the towns of Kuttabul and Mount Ossa. This section of highway connects many small rural communities with important services as well as providing an important link between major population centres in Queensland.

The Bruce Highway intersections being upgraded in the package include:

  • Maraju-Yakapari Road/Yakapari-Seaforth Road
  • Tweedies Road
  • Guimellis Road
  • Pyms Road
  • Zunkers Road
  • McGills Road
  • Watts Road
  • Geeburga-Buthurra Road
  • Buthurra Station Road.

In addition to these works, Town Entry Treatments will also be applied at Farleigh, The Leap and Kuttabul. The Town Entry Treatments will involve the installation of signage and road marking at the entry points of the towns in order to reduce vehicles speeding through rural towns. 

The project will result in:

  • upgrading the existing road to improve driver safety, freight efficiency and heavy vehicle management through pavement widening and resurfacing
  • installation of audio tactile line marking will further assist driver fatigue
  • upgrading the intersections to reduce potential rear-end incidents
  • installation of safety barriers to reduce potential for vehicles veering off the road.

Project map

Map of Leap to Careys Creek

Key milestones

  • July 2019: tenders for construction were called
  • February 2020: construction contract awarded
  • April 2020: construction commenced
  • January 2022: construction expected to be completed

Community info

Throughout the project, notifications about traffic changes and impacts associated with road works will be distributed via email. To receive email updates about the project, contact the Mackay office:

Contact details

Phone07 4951 8555 during business hours, Monday to Friday 9am–5pm

Last updated
09 July 2020