Bruce Highway (Ingham – Innisfail), Smiths Gap, construct southbound overtaking lane and fauna overpass

A southbound overtaking lane will be built at Smiths Gap on the Bruce Highway. The project includes the construction of a fauna crossing over the road.

The project includes construction of a southbound overtaking lane and fauna crossing.

TMR will also undertake survey and complete a detailed cost estimate for a northbound overtaking lane and fauna crossing.  This survey will also determine the preferred location of the northbound overtaking lane. Construction of the northbound overtaking lane is currently unfunded.

TMR continues to work closely with the Cassowary Recovery Team as part of the Smiths Gap project to identify ways to reduce the risk of cassowary road strikes.

In October 2020 TMR completed a Cassowary Conservation Management Plan to identify strategies for reducing conflict between cassowaries and motorists. The plan was developed with input from cassowary advocate groups and relevant government partner agencies through the Cassowary Recovery Team. View the Cassowary Conservation Management Plan.

Benefits

  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Increases traffic flow
  • Better road access
  • Reduces travel time
  • Contributes to regional growth

Key features

A new overtaking lane will improve safety, capacity and travelling conditions on the state-controlled road network. 

A new fauna crossing will link critical corridors of known cassowary habitat in the Smiths Gap Cassowary Corridor.

Funding

The $13.8 million Smiths Gap Overtaking Lane project is part of the Bruce Highway Overtaking Lane Program.

This project is 100% funded by the Australian Government.

Investment ID 9351

Total investment
$13.8 million
Australian Government
$13.8 million

Current status

Construction commenced in July 2020.

Additional slope stabilisation work is required on batters adjacent to the Queensland Rail corridor and rail infrastructure.

We are currently carrying out further investigations and consulting with Queensland Rail to determine the best way to approach the issue. 

We are aiming to recommence work on site as soon as possible. 

Artists impressions: Fauna crossing over Smiths Gap Overtaking Lane

Artist rendering of fauna crossing

Artist rendering of fauna crossing

Artist rendering of fauna crossing