Gateway Motorway and Bruce Highway Upgrades, North Brisbane to Moreton Bay Region

We have started an integrated approach to planning and consultation to ensure the best outcomes are achieved for the overall transport network and the community.

There are around 155,000 vehicles travelling between the Moreton Bay Region and north Brisbane each day using the Gateway Motorway, the Bruce Highway and Gympie Arterial Road. Demand indicates the traffic levels currently experienced through this important road corridor will increase by around 50% by 2041. 

Without additional capacity from future upgrades, this vital section of the National Highway will be heavily congested for longer periods, with travel times significantly increasing for motorists. 

The Gateway Motorway, Bruce Highway, Gympie Arterial Road and Dohles Rocks Road north-facing ramps are interlinked in their operation and function. We are taking an integrated approach to planning to develop a whole-of-network solution for the area, improving network efficiency for motorists and ensuring effective connectivity between different transport corridors. 

Our early analysis indicates introducing north-facing ramps at Dohles Rocks Road interchange as a stand-alone solution would result in increased traffic volumes and weaving which would lead to significant congestion issues and increased travel times to the Bruce Highway during the morning and afternoon peak times. Given the Australian Government's priority to construct north-facing ramps, we have identified the delivery of a new road along the North South Urban Arterial (NSUA) corridor between Dohles Rocks Road and Anzac Avenue would reduce the impacts on the Bruce Highway. 

North South Urban Arterial (Dohles Rocks Road to Anzac Avenue) 

Building a new road along the North South Urban Arterial (NSUA) corridor, between Dohles Rocks Road and Anzac Avenue will be part of the integrated planning for the Gateway Motorway and Bruce Highway Upgrades. It would provide an alternative route for local traffic, helping to preserve the primary function of the Bruce Highway for inter-regional trips and as a nationally-significant freight corridor by reducing traffic volumes and improving safety. The NSUA would also improve local connectivity between Murrumba Downs, Griffin, Mango Hill and North Lakes. 

The NSUA corridor was identified in the late 1990s and early 2000s in response to expected travel demands as the population grew in the suburbs north of the Pine River and east of the Bruce Highway. The corridor between Dohles Rocks Road and Anzac Avenue has been preserved by Moreton Bay Regional Council and us. 

We will work with Moreton Bay Regional Council to continue planning for the NSUA whilst working with the Australian Government for upgrades to the Bruce Highway, Gateway Motorway, Gympie Arterial Road and Dohles Rocks Road north-facing ramps, to ensure an effective, whole-of-network solution is developed for the area. 

Benefits

  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Reduces peak hour congestion
  • Better road access
  • Reduces travel time
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Better active transport

Key features

Planning encompasses: 

  • upgrading the Gateway Motorway (Bracken Ridge to Pine River)   
  • upgrading the Bruce Highway (Gateway Motorway to Dohles Rocks Road) 
  • upgrading Gympie Arterial Road (Strathpine Road to Gateway Motorway) 
  • delivering north-facing ramps (northern connections) at Dohles Rocks Road interchange to the Bruce Highway  
  • building the North South Urban Arterial corridor between Dohles Rocks Road and Anzac Avenue. 

Funding

Total investment
$2.1 billion
Australian Government
$1.68 billion
Queensland Government
$420 million

Project overview

Video Transcript

Early planning is underway to upgrade the Gateway Motorway and Bruce Highway – North Brisbane to Moreton Bay Region.

Significant population growth in Brisbane and the Moreton Bay Region is increasing travel demand on the Gateway Motorway, the Bruce Highway and Gympie Arterial Road.

There are around 155,000 vehicles travelling between the Moreton Bay Region and north Brisbane each day using the Gateway Motorway, the Bruce Highway and Gympie Arterial Road.

Demand indicates the traffic levels currently experienced through this important road corridor will increase by around 50% by 2041.

Without additional capacity from future upgrades, this vital section of the National Highway will be heavily congested for longer periods, with travel times significantly increasing for motorists.

We are taking an integrated approach to planning to develop a whole-of-network solution for this important part of the National Highway.

 The planning will encompass:

  • upgrading the Gateway Motorway (Bracken Ridge to Pine River)
  • upgrading the Bruce Highway (Gateway Motorway to Dohles Rocks Road)
  • upgrading Gympie Arterial Road (Strathpine Road to Gateway Motorway)
  • delivering north-facing ramps (northern connections) at Dohles Rocks Road interchange to the Bruce Highway
  • a new road along the North South Urban Arterial corridor between Dohles Rocks Road and Anzac Avenue.

We are undertaking community consultation and working through initial planning investigations for the upgrades, with the relevant business cases expected to be finalised by 2023.

Current status

Planning investigations

We have started early planning for the upgrades, which involves identifying the current issues and future network requirements. As part of this, we have undertaken a broad range of investigations including transport, hydraulic, natural and built conditions, safety, environmental, cultural heritage, legislative and engineering investigations which may involve on-the-ground surveys and desktop analysis.  

Following early planning, we will develop and undertake a preliminary evaluation of potential solutions with options developed into business cases. The business cases will then determine and recommend a preferred option for the upgrades from an engineering perspective as well as financial, social, legislative and environmental considerations. 

When is construction?

We are expecting the business cases for the upgrades to be finalised in 2023. The business cases will then determine potential design and construction timeframes, which would then be subject to approval and available funding.

Consultation with potentially impacted stakeholders will be ongoing, all the way through to completion of project construction. 

Sustainability 

We are dedicated to minimising potential impacts to the environment or areas of cultural significance from transport projects. We will carefully consider the social, economic, environmental impacts and sustainability of the Gateway Motorway and Bruce Highway Upgrades and actively engage the community as part of the planning process.

Project map as at July 2020
Gateway Motorway and Bruce Highway project map