The Federal Government has approved $9.2 million funding for the development phase of the Mackay Northern Access Upgrade project. The project will complete the freight link between the Bruce Highway and the Mackay Ring Road project, improving safety and reducing travel times around the Port of Mackay. In addition, new lanes will be upgraded along 4.4 kilometres of the Bruce Highway, and intersection upgrades will improve overtaking and reduce rear-end crashes.

Furthermore, the approved funding will be employed toward tender evaluation and contract award, geotechnical investigations, detailed design work, public consultation, utility relocation and land acquisition. The Federal Government anticipates the completion of land acquisition and geotechnical investigations by the end of 2017, with detailed design and tendering expected to be completed by mid-2018. As such, weather permitting, construction is anticipated to commence late 2018.

The Mackay Northern Access Upgrade is jointly funded through federal contributions of $64 million and Queensland Government funding contributions of $16 million. In addition, the upgrade is part of the wider $6.7 billion 10-year Bruce Highway Upgrade Program which will improve ease of travel along Queensland’s key north-south route.

For more information please view the Commonwealth media release.