$467 million to build a better Bruce Highway


Bruce Highway, queensland,


The Australian Government is investing an extra $467 million in the Bruce Highway through the Budget to improve its safety and capacity.

This funding includes $154 million for improvements along the Bruce Highway North corridor, and an additional injection of funding to support the delivery of a number of important existing Bruce Highway upgrade projects.

$15 million will also be invested to plan for the upgrade of the Pine River Bridge. Overall, the Government is investing more than $10 billion in the Bruce Highway.

Bruce Highway South – Australian Government commitment $5.6 billion:

  • Bruce Highway – Pine River Bridge Capacity Upgrade – Plan and Preserve
  • Bruce Highway – Pine River to Caloundra Road Smart Motorways (Stage 2)
  • Widen Bruce Highway in Brisbane (Dohles Rocks Road to Anzac Avenue)
  • Gateway Motorway – Bracken Ridge to Pine River
  • Bruce Highway – Anzac Avenue to Uhlmann Road
  • Bruce Highway – Anzac Avenue– Uhlmann Road – Business Case
  • Bruce Highway – Buchanan Road – Caboolture Bribie Island Road – Business Case
  • Bruce Highway – Uhlmann Road–Buchanan Road – Business Case
  • Bruce Highway – Gateway Motorway to Dohles Rocks Road Upgrade
  • Bruce Highway – Cooroy to Curra – Section D
  • Bruce Highway – Tiaro Flood Immunity Upgrade
  • Bruce Highway – Linkfield Road Overpass

Bruce Highway Central – Australian Government commitment $1.6 billion:

  • Bruce Highway – Mackay Port Access – Slade Point Road
  • Bruce Highway – Knobels Road Intersection Upgrade
  • Bruce Highway – Jumper Creek Upgrade
  • Bruce Highway – Goorganga Plains Upgrade – Plan and Preserve Corridor
  • Bruce Highway – O’Connell River to Proserpine Flood Immunity Upgrade (Goorganga Floodplain)
  • Bruce Highway – Goorganga Overtaking Lanes
  • Bruce Highway – Construct 2 Dual (4 of) Overtaking Lanes from Gladstone – Mt Larcom Road to Bajool – Port Alma Road
  • Bruce Highway – Planning and preconstruction (various)
  • Bruce Highway – Gladstone to Rockhampton upgrades
  • Bruce Highway – Gavial Creek to Burnett Highway Upgrade
  • Bruce Highway – Safety reconstruction of the existing highway section at Bajool
  • Bruce Highway – Major upgrade/Grade–separation of Gladstone–Mt Larcom Road Intersection
  • Bruce Highway – Construct 2 Overtaking Lanes from Benaraby to Gladstone – Mt Larcom Road
  • Bruce Highway – Pavement renewal (Gladstone – Rockhampton)
  • Bruce Highway – Construct 1 Dual (2 of) Overtaking Lanes from Gavial – Gracemere Road to Burnett Highway
  • Bruce Highway – Ginger Beer Creek Upgrade

Bruce Highway North – Australian Government commitment $1.9 billion:

  • Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Robert Road to Foster Road
  • Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access – Stage 5
  • Bruce Highway – Babinda Intersection Upgrade
  • Bruce Highway – Innisfail Bypass – Plan and Preserve Corridor
  • Bruce Highway – Dallachy Road Flood Immunity Upgrade
  • Bruce Highway – Gairloch Floodway – improved flood immunity
  • Bruce Highway – Ingham to Cardwell Range Deviation – Plan and Preserve Corridor
  • Bruce Highway – Burdekin Deviation – Plan and Preserve Corridor
  • Bruce Highway – Burdekin Bridge
  • Bruce Highway – Pavement Widening – South of Home Hill to Ingham

Bruce Highway Safety Package – Australian Government commitment $1.4 billion

  • Bruce Highway – Bruce Highway Safety Package
  • Bruce Highway – Overtaking Lanes
  • Bruce Highway – Additional Funding for Black Spots, Rest Areas and Safety Upgrades
  • Bruce Highway – Roads Operations Improvement Projects

Rockhampton Ring Road – Australian Government commitment $1.2 billion

The RACQ has welcomed the Federal Government’s $467 million commitment to fast track much needed upgrades along the Bruce Highway as a solid step in the right direction.

General Manager Advocacy Joshua Cooney said it was promising to see the Federal Government playing its key role in fixing the Bruce.

“A ‘Budget for the Bruce’ is what our members, and all Queenslanders, want to hear and thankfully we expect to see this commitment to some extent in this year’s Federal Budget,” Mr Cooney said.

“The Bruce Highway is the backbone of Queensland’s economy and is a piece of nationally significant infrastructure. But there’s no denying it’s broken.

“This funding will help wipe delays on critical projects including Section D of the Cooroy to Curra Upgrade, the Cairns Southern Access Stage 3 project, the Linkfield Road overpass and planning for the Pine Rivers Bridge Upgrade.”

Mr Cooney said while this is positive news for Queensland motorists, RACQ’s fight for the Bruce was far from over.

“Around 750km of this national highway is rated as poor and on average 29 people lose their life on the Bruce each year and more than 360 suffer serious injuries from crashes,” Mr Cooney said.

“Our long-time advocacy for the Bruce will continue well beyond this year’s Budget. A safe Bruce Highway is crucial for Queenslanders’ health, livelihoods and economic prosperity.

“We are still concerned about the Federal Government’s decision to walk away from the established 80:20 funding split with the State Government for new regional infrastructure projects and we continue our calls for this to be reversed.”

The Club eagerly awaits more details of this latest funding announcement within the Budget which will be handed down next week.

Major construction complete for busy Bruce Highway section

Rockhampton Ring Road now fully funded by state and federal governments

Source: RACQ

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