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Mackay Northern Access Upgrade Project


The Mackay Northern Access Upgrade Project involves upgrading the highway, and major intersection upgrades, north of Mackay to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow in critical areas.


Bruce Highway, north of Mackay, from the Ron Camm Bridge to approximately 350 metres north of Bald Hill Road.


The project will:

  • increase capacity on the Bruce Highway and side roads
  • provide improved levels of service for through vehicles
  • reduce delays and queuing during peak hours
  • minimise general congestion and driver frustration
  • improve operational safety by providing a central median, strengthened bridge railings and intersection treatments
  • increase the number of lanes which will reduce congestion.

$120.35 million funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments.

Central Region - Mackay Whitsunday District

Project info

The Mackay Northern Access Upgrade Project was to be delivered across 2 stages however the project will now be delivered as one project and the works will include:

  • increasing the Bruce Highway from 4 to 6 lanes from Ron Camm Bridge to the Mackay-Bucasia Road turn off
  • widening the Goosepond Creek Bridges
  • extending existing left and right-turn lanes on the approaches to the signalised intersections at Sams Road and Mackay-Bucasia Road
  • providing an additional right-turn lane at the Mackay-Bucasia Road intersection
  • restricting access from Phillip Street to the Bruce Highway to only provide left-turn option for vehicles entering the Bruce Highway
  • increasing the Bruce Highway from 2 lanes to 4 lanes for through vehicles north from Mackay-Bucasia Road to the Davey Street overpass
  • construction of new bridge overpasses at Davey Street
  • upgrading the intersection at Hill End Road
  • construction of a new bridge at Janes Creek and widening of existing structure 
  • realignment of Janes Creek
  • upgrading of the intersection at Blue Gum Drive
  • duplication of the rail bridge over the Mackay Harbour Branch rail line.

Key milestones

  • 2017: geotechnical investigations and detailed design
  • Late 2018: tenders for construction called
  • Late 2019: construction contract awarded
  • Early 2020: construction anticipated to commence.

Contact details

To learn more about the project, or to receive email updates about the project, please contact the project team.

Phone: 07 4951 8555 (8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)
Post: PO Box 62
Mackay Qld 4740

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Draft project maps

Last updated
22 January 2020