Bruce Highway Upgrade Program

The Bruce Highway Upgrade Program is the largest road infrastructure program Queensland has ever seen. It is aimed at improving safety, flood resilience, and capacity along the length and breadth of the highway between Brisbane and Cairns.

The Bruce Highway Upgrade Program is the largest road infrastructure program Queensland has ever seen. It is aimed at improving safety, flood resilience, and capacity along the length and breadth of the highway between Brisbane and Cairns.

Starting on 1 July 2013, the program was initially developed as an $8.5 billion 10-year commitment jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments. In May 2018, the Australian Government committed an additional $3.3 billion (based on 80:20 funding arrangements) to its existing $6.7 billion commitment.

The Queensland Government also committed to providing an additional $200 million each year (based on 80:20 funding arrangements) for upgrades on the Bruce Highway on top of the already provided $1.8 billion. In total, the program will deliver $12.6 billion of works over a 15-year period (2013–14 to 2027–28).

Specific commitments for Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra—(Section D: Woondum to Curra) and Townsville Ring Road project (Stage 5) (subject to federal funding contribution), were outlined in the additional funding, as well as:

  • targeted productivity-boosting, safety and flood resilience projects
  • addressing safety hot spots
  • reducing the distance between electric charging stations
  • the Bruce Highway Trust to develop a 15—year vision and rolling 5-year action plans.

Highlights at the 6-year mark

As at March 2019, 22 major projects had been completed under the program including the delivery of:

  • 51 bridges
  • 27 new rest stops
  • 122km safer roadsides
  • 154km wide centreline treatments
  • Boundary Road interchange upgrade—(which was completed 6 months ahead of schedule).

The program also supports regional economic growth and boosts employment opportunities in Queensland.

About the Bruce Highway

The Bruce Highway is Queensland’s major north-south freight and commuter corridor, connecting coastal population centres from Brisbane to Cairns over a length of 1677km. It is also a vital part of the National Land Transport Network providing linkages for west-east freight networks connecting a significant resource sector, and inland agriculture production areas to 11 coastal ports, and is a major tourism route.

About the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program

The program commenced on 1 July 2013, with a rolling program of upgrade projects up and down the highway, to be completed by June 2028.

The 15-year program focuses delivery on the following 3 priority areas:

  • Safety improvements to enhance the safety of the highway through the provision of wide centre line treatments (PDF, 365 KB), intersection improvements, and safety barriers to reduce the risk of fatal and serious injury crashes so that it is safe for all road users.
  • Flood improvements to enhance the efficiency of the highway by raising bridges and approaches and improving flood immunity on sections of highway subject to frequent flooding. Whilst it may not be feasible at this time to provide an entirely flood-free route, roads are assessed to ensure a consistent standard is provided for that specific network link.
  • Capacity improvements to enhance economic opportunity through improved level of service on the highway. This will be achieved by the provision of capacity improvement projects such as additional lanes, managed motorways, grade separation (that is, separation of different flows of traffic using physical means) and intersection upgrades.

Plan ahead in case of delays.

Due to this work being underway, there may be delays that impact your travel. Please visit QLDTraffic for up-to-date details to help you plan your journey.

68 Projects in Bruce Highway Upgrade Program

Bajool-Port Alma Road Widening

Bajool-Port Alma Road pavement widening and safety upgrades

We are delivering pavement widening and safety works on the Bajool-Port Alma Road to improve the productivity, resilience and safety of the Port Alma connection to the Bruce Highway.

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Beerburrum Road intersection with Industry Drive and Old Gympie Road

We implemented safety treatments to create a safer and more efficient intersection for road users and pedestrians.

Beerburrum to Nambour Upgrade

Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade

We are committed to progressively upgrading the North Coast Line to improve its safety, efficiency and reliability.

Bribie Island Bridge

Bribie Island Bridge Corridor Study

We have undertaken a study to identify a corridor for a future duplication/replacement of Bribie Island Bridge. The preferred corridor lies to the north of the existing bridge.

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Bruce Highway Planning Project—Pine River to Caloundra Road 

We are delivering a planning project to investigate and prioritise upgrades to the Bruce Highway between the Pine River and Caloundra Road.

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Bruce Highway Upgrade Program—Calliope River to Mt Larcom safety works

The Bruce Highway between Calliope and Mt Larcom services local communities and is the main route for several industries supporting the broader Central Queensland region.

This project is being delivered as part of the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program to improve safety along priority sections of the highway.

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Bruce Highway Upgrade —Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway

We are upgrading the Bruce Highway to 6-lanes between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway including major upgrades to both interchanges and a new 2-way service road for local traffic between Steve Irwin Way and Tanawha Tourist Drive.

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Bruce Highway Upgrade—Deception Bay Road Interchange

We are delivering the Deception Bay Road Interchange project as part of the Bruce Highway Upgrade to improve safety, ease congestion and cater for future traffic growth.

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Bruce Highway Upgrade—Deception Bay Road to Caboolture-Bribie Island Road

We are undertaking a planning study to investigate future upgrade requirements on the Bruce Highway between Deception Bay Road and Caboolture-Bribie Island Road.

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Bruce Highway Upgrade—Sunshine Motorway to Maroochydore Road

We have completed early planning to determine future upgrade needs for the Bruce Highway between the Sunshine Motorway and Maroochydore Road. The planning identifies a long-term solution to meet future traffic growth, reduce traffic congestion, and improve safety and flood immunity.

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Bruce Highway upgrade—Maroochydore Road and Mons Road Interchanges

We are delivering the Maroochydore Road and Mons Road Interchanges project as part of the Bruce Highway Upgrade to improve safety, ease congestion and cater for future traffic growth.

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Bruce Highway—Babinda intersection upgrade

We are progressing a project to upgrade the intersection of the Bruce Highway and Munro Street at Babinda.

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Bruce Highway—Benaraby to Calliope River safety works

We are undertaking safety works on the Bruce Highway between Benaraby and Calliope River, including an overtaking lane extension to the north of Benaraby.

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Bruce Highway—Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163)

We are undertaking a project that will widen the 11km stretch of the Bruce Highway from 4 to 6 lanes between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163). This will include upgrading creek crossings to improve flood immunity at Lagoon, King Johns, Six Mile, Un-named and Beerburrum Creeks.

Edmonton to Gordonvale

Bruce Highway—Cairns Southern Access Corridor—Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale

We are undertaking a total transport solution to provide long-term improvements to traffic flow and road safety through reducing congestion, highway travel time and improving road access.

Kate Street to Aumuller Street

Bruce Highway—Cairns Southern Access Corridor—Stage 4: Kate Street to Aumuller Street

We are upgrading the Bruce Highway—Cairns Southern Access Corridor from Kate Street (renamed Links Drive) to Aumuller Street to a 6-lane dual carriageway. Additional works include upgrades through to Draper Street and Kenny Street.

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Bruce Highway—Collingvale dual overtaking lanes

We are delivering a package of work that will build 2 new overtaking lanes on the Bruce Highway between Proserpine and Bowen near Collingvale Road.

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Bruce Highway—Cooroy to Curra

This project involves a 62km realignment and upgrade of the Bruce Highway to 4 lanes between Cooroy and Curra and is among Queensland's highest priority road projects.

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Bruce Highway—Cooroy to Curra Section D: Woondum to Curra

The $1 billion Section D: Woondum to Curra (C2CD) project is a new 26km, 4-lane divided highway between the existing Bruce Highway interchange at Woondum, south of Gympie and Curra.

Mailman Road to Mackenzie Creek widening and overtaking lanes

Bruce Highway—Mailman Road to Mackenzie Creek: widening and overtaking lanes

We are committed to improving safety on the Bruce Highway between Mailman Road and Mackenzie Creek through wide centre line treatments (increasing the distance between traffic lanes), intersection upgrades and providing additional overtaking opportunities.

Mailman Road to Mackenzie Creek widening and overtaking lanes

Bruce Highway—Mailman Road to Mackenzie Creek: widening and overtaking lanes

We are committed to improving safety on the Bruce Highway between Mailman Road and Mackenzie Creek through wide centre line treatments (increasing the distance between traffic lanes), intersection upgrades and providing additional overtaking opportunities.

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Bruce Highway—Mogilno Road intersection upgrade south of Bob's Creek safety works

We have upgraded the Mogilno Road intersection on the Bruce Highway with protected right-hand turn lanes and 1.5km of safety works including extension of drainage structures and installation of wide centre line treatment, between Bajool and Rockhampton in Central Queensland.

Nielson Avenue to Plentiful Creek

Bruce Highway—Nielsen Avenue to Plentiful Creek safety works

We are delivering a package of works that will improve safety through wide centre line treatment and intersection upgrades north of Rockhampton, from Neilsen Avenue to Plentiful Creek. This project has been identified as part of the program of works to reduce the number of fatal and serious injury crashes on the Bruce Highway.

Construction of Plentiful Creek overtaking lane

Bruce Highway—Plentiful Creek overtaking lane

We are delivering a $9.4 million package of works that will construct 2 new overtaking lanes north of Rockhampton, at Plentiful Creek. This project has been identified as part of the program of works to reduce the number of fatal and serious injury crashes on the Bruce Highway.

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Bruce Highway—Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade

We are delivering the Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade to widen the Bruce Highway to four lanes between Rockhampton-Yeppoon intersection and Ramsay Creek, north of Rockhampton.

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Bruce Highway—Rockhampton intersections upgrade

We are identifying priority safety and efficiency upgrades for the Bruce Highway through Rockhampton, including investigating more than 40 key intersections.

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Bruce Highway—Safety Package: Mackay – Proserpine (The Leap to Careys Creek)

We are delivering the Bruce Highway Safety Package (The Leap to Careys Creek) as part of the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program to improve safety, flood resilience and capacity along the Bruce Highway.

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Bruce Highway—Sarina Northern Access Upgrade

We upgraded the Sarina Northern Access through the construction of a 2-lane roundabout at the intersection of the Bruce Highway and Sarina Coast Road.

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Bruce Highway—St Lawrence overtaking lanes

We have built 3 new overtaking lanes on the Bruce Highway between St Lawrence and Mackay near Kalarka Road, Mosquito Creek and Carmila.

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Bruce Highway—Tiaro Flood Immunity Upgrade

We are delivering a new 2 lane section of the Bruce Highway to the east of Tiaro. The project will increase the flood immunity, safety and efficiency of the Bruce Highway and future-proof the road to cater for growing traffic volumes. It will also remove a large portion of heavy vehicles from the Tiaro township, improving safety and liveability for residents.

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Bruce Highway—Wide Bay Highway intersection upgrade

We have re-evaluated the design for the Bruce Highway—Wide Bay Highway intersection upgrade based on community feedback. Detailed design activities have now been completed for a roundabout solution. The project includes additional roadside improvements along the Bruce Highway between Meadows Lane and the Wide Bay Highway and an upgrade at the Spring Valley Road intersection (south).

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Bundaberg Port Rail Link Study

In October 2007 Transport and Main Roads (then Queensland Transport) engaged GHD to undertake a study to identify a rail corridor (for freight traffic) to connect the Port of Bundaberg to the existing rail network via the North Coast line. The study report determined that protection of the corridor within the local government planning scheme was not warranted at the time, and the project was closed.

Burdekin River Bridge

Burdekin River Bridge: maintenance and rehabilitation program

We are undertaking the rehabilitation and maintenance program for the Burdekin River Bridge to preserve the structural integrity of the bridge. The ongoing program will ensure a safe and durable crossing is maintained for the long-term use of vehicles, heavy transport operators, rail operations, cyclists and pedestrians.

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Caboolture Connection Road Route Safety Strategy

We are undertaking a $7.5 million route strategy package to improve safety along sections of Caboolture Connection Road (Lower King Street and King Street) between the Bruce Highway and D’Aguilar Highway.

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Caboolture to Maroochydore Corridor Study

We are proposing a new public transport line for the Sunshine Coast to link the coastal urban area to Brisbane.

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Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Old Toorbul Point Road intersection upgrade

We are undertaking an intersection upgrade to install traffic signals and dedicated turn lanes for all movements as part of the Caboolture-Bribie Island Road upgrade project. The intersection project will include a signalised pedestrian crossing of Caboolture-Bribie Island Road, bus stops and on-road bike lanes.

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Caloundra Road and Ridgewood Road intersection upgrade

We are currently undertaking the development phase, including survey and detailed design, for traffic signal installation at the Caloundra Road and Ridgewood Road intersection, Little Mountain.

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CoastConnect Caloundra to Maroochydore Quality Bus Corridor

The CoastConnect project is creating opportunities for sustainable travel on the Sunshine Coast through a priority bus way and improved cycle facilities from Caloundra to Maroochydore.

Diamond and Elm Street

Cooroy intersection improvements

We are finalising planning for the upgrade of the intersections at Diamond and Elm Streets and Myall and Elm Streets at Cooroy.

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Cooroy-Noosa Road planning study

We undertook a planning study to determine what improvements can be undertaken to improve road safety and performance.

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D'Aguilar Highway wide centre line treatment

We are undertaking detailed design to improve safety on the D'Aguilar Highway to install a 1 metre wide centre line treatment.

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Dayboro Road and Vores Road intersection improvements

We are designing a dedicated right-turn lane on Brisbane-Woodford Road.

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Deception Bay Road widening—Anzac Avenue to Morris Road

We are widening Deception Bay Road from 4 to 6 lanes through Anzac Avenue intersection to Morris Road intersection.

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Eumundi-Noosa Road planning study

We undertook a planning study on the Eumundi-Noosa Road between Wilkes Lane and Beddington Road to investigate capacity, safety and efficiency of the road and to determine recommended future staged upgrades.

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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.

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Gympie Road Dixon Street Hall Street intersection upgrade

We have completed construction to transform the Gympie Road roundabout with Dixon and Hall Streets into a signalised intersection.

Haughton River Bridge

Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade Project (Bruce Highway Horseshoe Lagoon – Palm Creek)

We are undertaking upgrades to the Bruce Highway at Giru to improve safety and flood resilience. As part of the project we will construct 5 bridges and 2 cane rail overpasses, upgrade intersections and install wide centreline treatments.

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Landsborough to Nambour Rail Corridor Study

We have identified and preserved a new rail corridor between Landsborough and Nambour, which will replace the existing North Coast line through this section.

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Lawnton station park 'n' ride

We have started construction on the new Lawnton station park 'n' ride.

Mackay Northern Access

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.

Pioneer River construction Mackay Ring Road

Mackay Ring Road

We are delivering an improved link from the south to the northern suburbs to reduce traffic through Mackay.

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Mango Hill station park 'n' ride

We are investigating a future expansion of the park 'n' ride facilities at Mango Hill station.

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Maroochydore Road Kunda Park intersection improvements

We have identified a preferred option for staged improvements to Maroochydore Road, Kunda Park to improve safety and relieve congestion.

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Mooloolaba to Maroochydore Cycleway

We are partnering with the Sunshine Coast Council (SCC) to deliver the Mooloolaba to Maroochydore (M2M) cycleway which will provide a separated cycleway connecting Mooloolaba to Maroochydore.

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Mooloolah River Interchange Upgrade

We are progressing a detailed business case for a major future upgrade of the Mooloolah River Interchange at Mountain Creek.

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Morayfield Bus Station Upgrade

We have completed detailed design for an upgrade to the Morayfield bus station at the Morayfield Shopping Centre.

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Morayfield Road and Beerburrum Road Route Safety Project

We are delivering a $28.8 million project to improve safety along sections of Morayfield Road and Beerburrum Road.

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Morayfield Road between Caboolture River Road and Oaklands Drive intersections

We are improving road user safety on Morayfield Road, between Caboolture River Road and Oaklands Drive intersections.

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Morayfield Road between Lindsay Road and Oakey Flat Road intersections

We have improved road user safety and traffic flow by implementing safety treatments on Morayfield Road between Lindsay Road and Oakey Flat Road intersections.

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Nicklin Way safety and capacity improvements Koorin Drive to Mooloolah River

We are delivering improvements to Nicklin Way to increase capacity and improve safety for all road users.

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Oxley Avenue Irene Street intersection upgrade

We have upgraded the Brighton-Redcliffe Road (locally known as Oxley Avenue) and Irene Street intersection at Redcliffe.

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Peachester Road and Old Gympie Road intersection upgrade

We have started work on a $5.5 million intersection upgrade, including installing traffic signals at Kilcoy-Beerwah Road (locally known as Peachester Road) and Old Gympie Road.

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Petrie intersection upgrade

We are delivering an upgrade to the Petrie roundabout which is a major intersection providing an important connection between the suburbs of Moreton Bay region and wider transport networks.

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Redcliffe intersections safety works

We are currently undertaking safety upgrade works at 5 busy Redcliffe intersections.

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Road Asset Management Contracts—North Coast

In July 2019, RoadTek and Downer were awarded 5-year contracts to provide responsive, routine and programmed maintenance services across the North Coast Region.

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Rockhampton Ring Road (Plan and Preserve) Project

The Rockhampton Ring Road project will improve road safety and strengthen the region’s economy by improving freight efficiency, flood resilience and job opportunities. The alignment will support connectivity between key employment, leisure, tourism and residential growth areas of Rockhampton and the wider region.

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Townsville Ring Road

We are progressing the Bruce Highway - Townsville Ring Road Stage 5 (TRR5) project to deliver improved road safety, efficiency and travel time reliability for freight and passenger vehicles on the Bruce Highway in Townsville. 

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Warrego Highway East master plan – Dinmore to Helidon Spa

We are undertaking a planning study to determine the future requirements for the Warrego Highway Transport Corridor.