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Bruce Highway widening, intersection upgrades and overtaking lanes (Bluewater)

Overview:

Safety improvement works on the Bruce Highway between Townsville and Ingham, including pavement widening, intersection improvements, installation of wide centre line treatments and a southbound overtaking lane.

Location:

Bruce Highway at Bluewater, 35km north of Townsville.

Completion:

Construction commenced in late May 2019 and is expected to be complete in late 2020, weather permitting.

Benefits:

The Bruce Highway upgrade at Bluewater will improve safety and efficiency for road users, by increasing the distance between oncoming traffic lanes and reconfiguring intersections with the Bruce Highway.

Safety will be further enhanced through the installation of an additional southbound overtaking opportunity.

Supplier:

A construction contract was awarded to RMS Engineering in mid-April 2019.

Funding:

$22.1 million funding is committed by both the Australian and Queensland Governments on an 80:20 basis.

Regions:
North Queensland Region - Northern District

Project info

This project will deliver vital improvements to road safety on the Bruce Highway between Townsville and Ingham.

It will involve:

  • widening several kilometres of pavement and installation of wide centreline treatment (between Deep Creek and Bluewater Creek)
  • reconfiguration of 3 Bruce Highway intersections: Forestry Road/Toolakea Beach Road, Feldt Street and Bluewater Drive
  • installation of a southbound overtaking lane and wide centreline treatment between Two Mile Creek and Sleeper Log Creek. 

Wide centre line treatments will be installed, increasing the distance between oncoming traffic lanes and reducing the risk of head-on collisions.

The intersection upgrades will improve visibility and access, improving safety for local traffic movements.

Installation of an additional southbound overtaking lane between Townsville and Ingham aims to decrease driver frustration and reduce the risk of unsafe overtaking manoeuvres.

Construction commenced in late May 2019, with earthworks now underway. The works are scheduled to be complete by late 2020, weather permitting.

Community info

The project’s Customer and Stakeholder Management team is committed to listening to stakeholders and values all community feedback during the project’s planning and construction.

Contact details

Email: engagement.northern@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone: 1800 625 648

Media gallery

Earthworks being undertaken in preparation for road widening, Bruce Highway at Bluewater, June 2019
Earthworks being undertaken in preparation for road widening, Bruce Highway at Bluewater, June 2019

Earthworks being undertaken in preparation for road widening and intersection improvements, Bruce Highway at Bluewater, June 2019
Earthworks being undertaken in preparation for road widening and intersection improvements, Bruce Highway at Bluewater, June 2019

Project map

Works at Bluewater

Last updated
04 August 2019