Smiths Gap overtaking lane

We are progressing a project to build a southbound overtaking lane 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.


  • 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.


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.

Total investment
$13.8 million
Australian Government
$13.8 million

Current status

Construction commenced in July 2020.

Artists impressions: Fauna crossing over Smiths Gap Overtaking Lane

Artist rendering of fauna crossing

Artist rendering of fauna crossing

Artist rendering of fauna crossing