Mackay Northern Access Upgrade Project

We are upgrading the highway and major intersections north of Mackay to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow in critical areas.

We are delivering the Mackay Northern Access Upgrade Project to deliver extra traffic lanes on the Bruce Highway extending from Ron Camm Bridge to Bald Hills Road increasing the capacity of the Bruce Highway and side roads, improving levels of service for through traffic, and reducing delays and queuing during peak hour. The project recognises the mix of long-distance freight vehicles and tourist traffic using the Bruce Highway, and the increased local traffic travelling to and from Mackay's northern suburbs. 

Benefits

  • Improves safety
  • Better road access
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Reduces peak hour congestion

Key features

The Mackay Northern Access Upgrade Project was to be delivered across 2 stages however the project will now be delivered as one project and the 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
  • construction of new bridge overpasses at Davey Street
  • upgrading the intersection at Hill End Road
  • construction of a new bridge at Janes Creek and widening of the existing structure
  • realignment of Janes Creek
  • upgrading of the intersection at Blue Gum Drive
  • duplication of the rail bridge over the Mackay Harbour branch rail line.

Key milestones

  • 2017: geotechnical investigations and detailed design
  • Late 2018: tenders for construction called
  • Late 2019: construction contract awarded
  • March 2020: early works commenced
  • April 2020: main construction commenced
  • Late 2020: completion of widening works (Ron Camm Bridge to Mackay-Bucasia Road)
  • Late 2020: completion of Davey Street overpass southbound
  • Late 2020: completion of Janes Creek bridge southbound
  • Late 2020: new traffic signals complete Sams Road/Heath’s Road intersection
  • August 2022: completion of project.

Funding

Total investment
$120.35 million
Australian Government
$96.28 million
Queensland Government
$24.07 million
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