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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former 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

Coalition delivering on plan to ‘Fix the Bruce Highway’

Media Release


22 April 2016

More than $6 billion is being invested by the Coalition Government through its 10 year plan to ‘Fix the Bruce Highway’.

The investment will result in a highway that is safer, less susceptible to flooding, and more productive for all road users.

At the 2013 election the Coalition pledged $2.6 billion more than the former Labor Government to Bruce Highway upgrades.

Labor's pledge was built on projects that had already been announced and a hollow promise to deliver projects beyond 2019.

When it came to delivering the project, Queenslanders couldn't trust Labor.

Recent assertions that the Coalition is not making progress on critical upgrades are completely false.

Since coming to government, the Coalition has completed major Bruce Highway upgrades including realignments; strengthening and widening works; and additional overtaking lanes; and rest areas.

There has also been significant investment in safety and efficiency measures targeting poor crash sites along the 1700 kilometre highway between Brisbane and Cairns.

Completed projects include:

  • Yeppen Floodplain upgrade;
  • Duplication works between Vantassel Street and Cluden;
  • Calliope Crossroads;
  • Upgrades from Cabbage Tree Creek to Carman Rd and Back Creek Range;
  • Realignment and highway raising between Sandy Corner to Collinsons Lagoon;
  • Upgrades on the southern approach to Cairns;
  • Upgrades on the southern approaches to Gin Gin;
  • Upgrades on the southern approaches to Mackay; and
  • Intersection upgrades between Caboolture to Caloundra.

In addition to these completed projects, construction is continuing on:

  • Duplication works between the Cooroy Southern Interchange to Sankeys Road—Cooroy to Curra (Section A);
  • Final construction of the Townsville Ring Road—Section 4 (Shaw Road to Mount Low);
  • Rehabilitation of the Burdekin River Bridge;
  • Duplication works between Traveston Road to Woondum Road—Cooroy to Curra (Section C);
  • Flood proofing works at Yellow Gin Creek, south of Ayr;
  • Widening and strengthening between Caboolture to St Lawrence; St Lawrence to Bowen; and Ingham to Cairns; and
  • Safety upgrades, including the construction of overtaking lanes and rest areas, at priority locations along the highway.

The Coalition will complete these projects and is working to deliver further upgrades including:

  • Construction of the Mackay Ring Road
  • Upgrades between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway;
  • Boundary Road Interchange
  • Cattle and Frances Creeks upgrade;
  • Sandy Gully Bridge
  • Cairns Southern Access Corridor (Stage 2)
  • Widening works between South Home Hill to North Ingham
  • Arnot Creek Bridge Upgrade

The Coalition has worked with successive Queensland Governments to deliver on these upgrades and will work constructively on additional projects in the future.

More information about the Australian Government funded projects underway on the Bruce Highway is online at