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Bruce Highway - Sarina Northern Access Upgrade


The Sarina Northern Access Upgrade involves the construction of a 2-lane roundabout at the intersection of the Bruce Highway and Sarina Coast Road intersection and road resurfacing on the immediate approaches.

The project will also include duplication of the existing Bruce Highway on the approaches and departures to the upgraded intersection to provide two lanes in each direction, separated by a median.

The project aims to improve the safety and capacity of the intersection and provide long term benefits for future growth.


Bruce Highway and Sarina Coast Road intersection, Sarina (see map below).

Latitude: 21.41862
Longitude: 149.215886


  • Improved access to and from the Bruce Highway and side roads.
  • Reduced vehicle delays and queuing, particularly at peak traffic periods.
  • Improved travel times for all road users.
  • A reduction in potential crashes caused by right turn movements and queuing.
  • Improved management of property accesses to and from the Bruce Highway.
  • A reduction in through traffic speed by having a physical transition from the highway into the township.


$14.36 million funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments. 

The Australian Government is contributing $11.49 million, and the Queensland Government is contributing $2.87 million.

Central Region - Mackay Whitsunday District

Project info

The Sarina Northern Access Upgrade is being delivered as part of the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program (BHUP). The BHUP is aimed at improving safety, flood resilience and capacity along the Bruce Highway from Brisbane to Cairns. 

The Bruce Highway through Sarina is the main road and only B-Double route through the township. Sarina Coast Road, which intersects with the highway to the north, services one of the town’s main shopping centres and several beachside communities to the north-east. 

Increased residential, commercial and industrial growth in Sarina and surrounding areas has contributed to increased traffic through the township. The Sarina Northern Access Upgrade aims to increase the efficiency and safety of the intersection and cater for future traffic growth. 

Contact details

Phone: 07 4951 8555

Community info

Throughout the project, notifications about traffic changes and construction impacts associated with road works will be distributed via email. If you wish to receive email updates about the project, please contact the Mackay office on the details below.

Key milestones

  • July 2018: Completion of detailed design
  • September 2018: Tenders called for construction
  • Early 2019: Tender award for construction / start of construction
  • Early 2020: Expected project completion.

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Project plan

Last updated
09 July 2020