The Bruce Highway is set for a major upgrade over the next 20 years.
The Bruce Highway is set for a major upgrade over the next 20 years. Craig Warhurst

Bruce Highway fix to take 20 years

PREMIER Anna Bligh has launched a 20 year plan to make the Bruce Highway safer and more flood-proof through 60 projects between Brisbane and Cairns.

Ms Bligh said the Bruce Highway masterplan was a key feature of the first Queensland Infrastructure Plan also released today.

The plan proposes 10 ring roads, bypasses and deviations along the length of the highway at centres such as Gympie, Rockhampton, Mackay, Innisfail, Childers and Ingham.

It also expands the Bruce to at least four lanes for the entire journey between Brisbane and Bundaberg and sets out 340 kilometres of highway duplication over the next 20 years.

"This national highway is fundamentally a federal responsibility but it is so critical to Queensland's economy that we continue to fund projects on the Bruce," Ms Bligh said.

"This document will be used as we work with the federal government on the priorities to upgrade this crucial transport link.''

The plan comes after the LNP launched a petition calling for upgrades - and released a series of statements slamming the lack of action on the highway.

Ms Bligh said a safe, efficient, reliable and resilient Bruce Highway was essential if Queensland's regionalisation plan was to be a success.

"That's why we have developed this masterplan in consultation with the Australian Government and this document will be an essential tool in securing funding," she said.

"Our vision for the Bruce aims to make the highway safer, more efficient, more reliable and more resilient to extreme wet weather events.

"We've identified priority investments for the highway over the next 20 years which will see 340 kilometres of highway duplication, bridge replacements to improve flood immunity, intersection upgrades and other valuable improvements.

"But first we need to hear from the community and industry because we want to make sure we get it right."

Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said to make this vision a reality, the government had identified 60 major priorities which addressed safety, capacity and flood immunity.

The Bruce Highway Upgrade Strategy includes:
• 60 major projects and potential longer-term investments to improve safety, capacity and flood immunity
• short (1-4 years) medium (five to 10) and long-term (11-20 year) priorities
• a focus on the six key regional economic hubs along the highway: Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Gympie and South East Queensland
• 10 proposed ring roads, bypasses and deviations along the length of the highway to improve liveability of our communities and efficiency for freight movements.

Email your feedback to by 9 September 2011.

Write your feedback and post it to:
Attention: Bruce Highway Upgrade Strategy
Infrastructure and Regional Futures
Department of Local Government and Planning
PO Box 15009
Fax your submissions to 3224 4683.
For more information visit or call 1800 093 903

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