Congestion-relief designs for the Mackay Northern Access Upgrade Project Stage 1 are paving the way to a better Bruce Highway north of Mackay.
The Australian Government has committed $64 million to the Mackay Northern Access Upgrade Project, with the Queensland Government contributing $16 million.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said Stage 1 of the project included widening the highway to six lanes from the Ron Camm Bridge to Mackay-Bucasia Road intersection and widening to four lanes from Mackay-Bucasia Rd to the Davey St overpass. The project also includes upgrading several major intersections.
“Motorists who travel along this stretch of the Bruce Highway know just how heavy traffic can be,” Mr Bailey said.
“Providing additional lanes and major upgrades of key intersections – including Sams Rd and Mackay-Bucasia Rd – will reduce peak-hour congestion.”
Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the project would streamline an important freight transport route, with Mackay roads carrying about 15 to 20 million tonnes of freight every year.
Stage 1 works are expected to start in late 2018, after design works and community consultation are finalised, and the entire project is scheduled for completion by mid-2020.
Stage 2 of the project will include upgrading the Davey St overpass and widening the highway to four lanes to align with the Mackay Ring Rd about 350m north of Bald Hill Road.