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Mackay Northern Access Upgrade Project


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.


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


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.

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

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.

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
24 January 2019