Bruce Highway (Bowen – Ayr), Bowen Connection Road to Champion Street intersection, widen pavement

The project will deliver safety upgrades to around 6km of the Bruce Highway between the Bowen Connection Road and Champion Street intersections to provide a safer, smoother and more efficient road network.

These works are part of the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program (BHUP).

Under the 15-year, $13 billion Bruce Highway Upgrade Program, the department is continuing to invest in safety, flood resilience and capacity upgrades along the Bruce Highway between Brisbane and Cairns. The program is jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Queensland Government, on an 80:20 basis.


  • Improves safety
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Contributes to economy
  • Reduces maintenance
  • Improves ride quality

Key features

  • Road widening to accommodate wide centre line treatments.
  • Culvert maintenance, extension or replacements.
  • Guardrail installations.
  • Removal of roadside hazards.
  • Installation of protected turn lanes.
  • Property access upgrades to improve sight distances and overall safety including hook turn facilities.
  • New surfacing, line marking and signage.


This project is funded under the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program. Investment ID 12269

Total investment
$22 million
Australian Government
$17.6 million
Queensland Government
$4.4 million

Current status

This project is under construction. 

Project map

Map of area affected by project

Additional info

This project will integrate with Bruce Highway (Mackay-Proserpine), Bowen Connection Road, improve intersection project which is also underway to improve safety for all road users.