Bruce Highway upgrade

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Bruce Highway upgrade

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EARLY STAGE PROPOSAL
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POTENTIAL INVESTMENT OPTIONS
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INVESTMENT READY PROPOSAL
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PROJECT DELIVERY
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POST COMPLETION REVIEW

Bruce Highway upgrade

A graphic of the Australian continent with shaded Queensland with dot representing  Bruce Highway.
LOCATION
Brisbane to Cairns, Qld
GEOGRAPHY
Smaller cities and regional centres
SECTOR
Transport
OUTCOME CATEGORY
National Connectivity
PROPONENT
Queensland Government
PROBLEM TIMEFRAME
Near to medium term (0–10 years)
DATE ADDED
17 February 2016
Problem

The Bruce Highway is Queensland’s major north–south corridor, connecting coastal population centres from Brisbane to Cairns. The highway is part of Queensland’s Priority Freight Network and forms part of the National Land Transport Network.

With Queensland’s freight task expected to double between 2010–11 and 2025–26, the highway will have to accommodate a significant increase in freight volumes. The highway plays a key role in connecting regional centres and facilitating significant freight movements.

The problems identified along the Bruce Highway include: safety concerns, poor flooding immunity, poor connectivity to regional centres and capacity constraints around key economic clusters.

The problems identified along the highway are largely driven by increased traffic volumes associated with population and economic growth, resulting in congestion around key economic hubs. This diminishes Queensland’s freight productivity.

Potential investment options

The proposal involves progressive upgrades to the Bruce Highway to address specific capacity constraints, flood resilience and safety concerns.

The following business cases  have been assessed by Infrastructure Australia:

Most of these projects were separately listed  on the Infrastructure Priority List and are now under delivery.

The Infrastructure Priority List also currently lists the Mooloolah River Interchange capacity and safety, which is connected to the Bruce Highway by the Sunshine Motorway.

Other planned works include:

  • Cairns Ring Road
  • Tiaro Bypass
  • Goorganga Plains
  • Burdekin deviation
  • Ingham to Cardwell Range deviation.
Next Steps

As individual upgrade projects are at various stages of development, we encourage the proponent to develop potential investment options (Stage 2 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework), and complete business case development (Stage 3 of the Framework) as projects progress.

Individual upgrade projects are at various stages of development.

Refer to Infrastructure Glossary for terms and definitions.