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Bruce Highway widening and overtaking lanes (Mailman Road to Mackenzie Creek)

Overview:

This program consists of several safety improvement projects on the Bruce Highway between Townsville and Ayr, including road widening, intersection improvements, installation of wide centre line treatments and 3 overtaking lanes (2 southbound and 1 northbound).

The project is part of the 15-year Bruce Highway Upgrade Program, a $12.6 billion program of works to improve safety, flood resilience and capacity along the Bruce Highway from Brisbane to Cairns. The program is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, with the Australian Government contributing up to $10 billion and the Queensland Government contributing up to $2.6 billion.

Location:

Bruce Highway between Mailman Road and Mackenzie Creek, around 35km south of Townsville.

Completion:

Construction commenced in June 2019 and will be completed by mid-2021, construction and weather conditions permitting.

Benefits:

The Mailman Road to Mackenzie Creek upgrade projects will improve safety and efficiency for road users, by increasing the distance between oncoming traffic lanes on the Bruce Highway.

Safety will be further enhanced through the installation of additional northbound and southbound overtaking opportunities and intersection improvements.

Supplier:

BMD Constructions was awarded the contract for the Mailman Road to Mackenzie Creek works in mid-April 2019.

Funding:

$43 million has been committed by both the Australian and Queensland governments, towards the safety upgrades which consists of several projects between Mailman Road and Mackenzie Creek. This represents contributions of $38.36 million by the Australian Government and $4.68 million by the Queensland Government.

Regions:
North Queensland Region - Northern District

Project info

This program, which consists of several projects, will deliver vital improvements to road safety on the Bruce Highway between Townsville and Ayr.

It will involve:

  • widening the road and installing wide centre line treatments between Mailman Road and Mackenzie Creek
  • improvements to the Bruce Highway intersection with Cromarty Siding Road
  • installation of 3 overtaking lanes (2 southbound and 1 northbound) between Mailman Road and Mackenzie Creek.

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

Intersection works will improve safety for motorists accessing the Bruce Highway at Cromarty Siding Road.

Installation of northbound and southbound overtaking lanes aims to decrease driver frustration and reduce the risk of unsafe overtaking manoeuvres by providing additional overtaking opportunities between Townsville and Ayr.

A construction tender was awarded to BMD Constructions in April 2019, and construction commenced in June 2019. The works are scheduled to be complete by mid-2021, construction and weather conditions permitting.

Project map

Bruce Highway (Mailman Road to Mackenzie Creek) widening and overtaking lanes project map

The work between Mailman Road and Mackenzie Creek is one of many projects under construction on the Bruce Highway between Ayr and Ingham. More information on these projects, and potential impacts to travel times, is provided in our Planning your trip on the Bruce - June 2019 flyer.

Community info

Plan ahead in case of delays

Due to this work being underway, there may be delays that impact your travel. Please visit QLDTraffic for up-to-date details to help you plan your journey.

Contact details

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

For the latest project update see the Construction Update: June - August 2019 Bruce Highway widening and overtaking lanes (Mailman Road to Mackenzie Creek).

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

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Last updated
22 October 2019