Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Design of Mackay Northern Access Upgrade Project Stage 1 Released

Media Release

MM033/2018

10 April 2018

Joint release with:

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

The Hon Mark Bailey

QLD Minister for Transport and Main Roads
State Member for Miller

Julieanne Gilbert

QLD Member for Mackay

Congestion-relief designs for the Mackay Northern Access Upgrade Project Stage 1 are paving the way to a better Bruce Highway north of Mackay.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the upgrade would improve safety and help relieve increasing pressure on the highway and northern Mackay's road network.

“Demand on the regional road network has been steadily growing and we are getting on the front foot with road infrastructure investments which will deliver a safer and more efficient Bruce Highway and improve traffic flows in the north of Mackay,” Mr McCormack said.

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,” Mr Bailey said.

“Providing additional lanes and major upgrades of key intersections—including Sams Road and Mackay-Bucasia Road—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.

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

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,” Ms Gilbert said.

Stage 2 of the project will include upgrading the Davey Street overpass and widening the highway to four lanes to align with the Mackay Ring Road approximately 350 metres north of Bald Hill Road.

The Australian Government has committed $64 million to the Mackay Northern Access Upgrade Project with the Queensland Government contributing $16 million.