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Mackay Northern Access Upgrade Project

Overview:

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

Location:

Bruce Highway, north of Mackay, from the Ron Camm Bridge to the Davey Street overpass.

Benefits:

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.
Funding:

Stage 1: $80 million funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments.

Regions:
Central Region - Mackay Whitsunday District

Project info

The Mackay Northern Access Upgrade Project will be delivered across 2 stages. 

Stage 1

Stage 1 will upgrade a 2.5 kilometre section of the Bruce Highway from the Ron Camm Bridge to Davey Street.

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.

Stage 2

Stage 2 of the project will include upgrades from the Davey Street overpass to align with the Mackay Ring Road approximately 350m north of Bald Hill Road.

Stage 2 is in detailed design phase and construction is currently unfunded.

Key milestones

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

Email: mackay.office@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone: 07 4951 8555 (8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)
Post: PO Box 62
Mackay Qld 4740

Media gallery

Draft project maps

Last updated
24 January 2019