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Design released for Mackay Northern Access Upgrade Project

  • Posted on Thursday 12th, April 2018.

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, 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 Road to the Davey Street 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,” said Bailey.

“Providing additional lanes and major upgrades of key intersections – including Sams Road and Mackay-Bucasia Road – will reduce peak-hour congestion,” he said.

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.

“This project will provide the major improvements needed to support industry in Mackay, including safer, more efficient access to Mackay’s port,” said Christensen.

Queensland Member for Mackay, Julieanne Gilbert, said 30,000 to 40,000 vehicles a day use the Bruce Highway north of the Pioneer River.

“Once design works and extensive community consultation are finalised we expect Stage 1 of this major project to start in late 2018 and the entire project to be completed by mid-2020, weather permitting,” said Gilbert.

Stage 2 will include an upgrade to the Davey Street overpass and widening the highway to four lanes to align with the Mackay Ring Road.

The project is jointly funded by the state and Federal Governments, with $16 million provided by the Queensland Government and $64 million from the Federal Government.

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