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Major Projects

TMR constructs, maintains and operates an integrated transport network accessible to all. This includes the stewardship of the state road network, delivering, managing and improving transport infrastructure, providing access to important centres of economic activity in Queensland regions and cities. This section highlights the significant infrastructure improvement TMR has coordinated, planned and completed.

Bruce Highway Upgrade Program

The Bruce Highway is Queensland’s major north-south freight and commuter corridor, connecting coastal population centres from Brisbane to Cairns over 1677 kilometres.

Commencing in 2013, the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program was initially developed as an $8.5 billion 10-year commitment. In May 2018, the Australian Government committed an additional $3.3 billion (based on 80:20 funding arrangements), bringing the total commitment to $12.6 billion over 15 years (2013–14 to 2027–28). The program is aimed at improving safety, flood resilience, and capacity along the length and breadth of the highway between Brisbane and Cairns.

The Future-proofing the Bruce policy commits to establishing a trust with a total investment remit of $1 billion annually, based on the long-standing agreement of 80:20 federal and state funding arrangements, to identify investment priorities for upgrading the Bruce Highway between Brisbane and Cairns. The policy outlined specific commitments for Cooroy to Curra – Section D and Townsville Ring Road (Stage 5) project (subject to Australian Government funding contribution), as well as funding for:

  • targeted productivity-boosting, safety and flood resilience projects
  • addressing safety hot spots
  • reducing the distance between electric charging stations
  • the Bruce Highway Trust to develop a 15-year vision and rolling 5-year action plans.

The Bruce Highway Upgrade Program has delivered the following completed works to date:

  • 154 kilometres of wide centre line treatment installed (in addition to 667 kilometres of wide centre line treatment delivered on the Bruce Highway under other funding programs)
  • 63 kilometres of shoulder sealing/widening completed
  • 315 kilometres of audio tactile line marking installed (in addition to 378 kilometres of audio tactile line marking delivered on the Bruce Highway under other funding programs)
  • 27 new rest area/stopping places built, and seven existing locations upgraded
  • 100 protected right-hand turns installed
  • 17 signalised intersections installed
  • 122 kilometres of roadside barriers installed
  • 69 overtaking lanes installed
  • 31.6 kilometres of highway has been duplicated.

For more information: About the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program

Warrego Highway Upgrade Program

The Warrego Highway Upgrade Program (WHUP), jointly funded by the federal and state government (80:20), comprises of 20 projects being delivered between Toowoomba and west of Miles.

The improvements focus on improving the road safety, efficiency and reliability by connecting people and freight from Charleville to Ipswich along Queensland’s principal east-west route and are essential to the region’s economic growth and will benefit the agriculture, resources and tourism industries

In 2018–19, TMR completed:

  • $2 million Toowoomba to Oakey Duplication Planning Stage 3 (Kingsthorpe to Oakey), including investigated the proposed 4-lane highway construction from Kingsthorpe to Oakey
  • $11.5 million Miles Western Access Upgrade, including widening and rehabilitating the highway through Miles, and the western outskirts at two intersections that connect to the Leichhardt Highway and improve road safety and efficiency for motorists by reducing the risk of traffic crashes, particularly at intersections
  • $115 million Dalby Eastern and Western Access Upgrades, including dedicated turning lanes and traffic signals to accommodate growing traffic volumes through Dalby, with four lanes through the town
  • $35 million Dalby to Miles Overtaking Lanes, including constructing seven overtaking lanes at four sites between Dalby and Miles, in both eastbound and westbound directions, to improve safety, freight efficiency and reduce congestion for motorists
  • $11 million Drillham to Palardo Upgrade Sections C, D and F, including widening narrow sections of the highway to improve road safety and freight efficiency.

In 2018–19, works continued on:

  • $63.6 million Dalby to Miles Pavement Widening and Safety Upgrade and Oakey to Miles Safety Upgrade Stage 2
  • $4.9 million Carroll Creek culvert replacement
  • $19 million Chinchilla Open Level Crossing Upgrade and Colamba Street Signals, including installing lighting and signalised boom gates at the level crossing
  • $43.5 million Oakey to Miles Safety Upgrade Packages 2, 3 and 5, including upgrades to six intersections from Oakey to Miles as well as signage upgrades and a range of safety works including the identification and removal of roadside hazards such as trees, edge drop-offs, batter slopes and culvert drop-offs.

For more information: Warrego Highway Upgrade Program

Gateway Upgrade North

The $1.1 billion Gateway Upgrade North (GUN) project (Nudgee to Bracken Ridge section), was completed in March 2019. The GUN project was jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Queensland Government, based on 80:20 funding arrangements. The project included widening the motorway to three lanes in each direction between Nudgee and Deagon, reconfiguring major interchanges at Nudgee and the Deagon Deviation, and construction of an off-road pedestrian and cycle path from Nudgee to Bracken Ridge.

This work has reduced congestion and improved travel times on the motorway from Nudgee to Deagon, since the widened motorway was progressively opened for use from late-2018, and the speed limit was raised in February 2019. The upgrade not only provides additional capacity on the Gateway Motorway, it also improves connectivity to the local road network in key surrounding areas such as Nudgee, Deagon and Redcliffe.

Aerial view of mutliple roads and overpass

Aerial view of the Deagon Deviation (looking south) on the Gateway Upgrade North.

For more information: Gateway Motorway North Nudgee to Bracken Ridge

Case Study

Environmentally friendly boat moorings

The Environmental Management Plan for the Gateway Upgrade North project sets standards for environmental monitoring and management throughout construction, in order to assess the project’s environmental footprint. An environmental component of the project included the protection of marine plants within the project area.

TMR teamed up with South East Queensland organisation, Healthy Land and Water, to replace 115 standard boat moorings with Environmentally Friendly Moorings across Moreton Bay. Traditional moorings continuously drag along the sea floor, ripping out seagrass and eventually causing bare patches which impact marine fauna. The Environmentally Friendly Moorings have a screw pile and floating line combination which prevent impacts to seagrass and eventually allow it to re-establish.

Marine plant offsets for the Gateway Upgrade North Project have been finalised, which has significantly improved the habitat in the Moreton Bay Marine Park, accessibility for recreational fishermen and the safety of marine life such as dugongs.

Pacific Motorway upgrade

The Pacific Motorway (M1) is one of Australia’s busiest highways and is a national freight route. The upgrade and widening of the Pacific Motorway is being delivered in strategic priority stages as funding becomes available, based on traffic volumes and best value for money.

Aerial view of overpass in construction state

The first two lanes of the new Underwood Road four-lane bridge over the Pacific Motorway (M1) at Eight Mile Plains.

For more information: Pacific Motorway M1 upgrade program

Toowoomba Second Range Crossing

The department is delivering the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC), a 41 kilometre long toll road that will pass Toowoomba on its northern side, linking the Warrego Highway at Helidon Spa in the east and the Gore Highway at Athol in the west (via Charlton).

The toll road will position Toowoomba as a key strategic link in the National Land Transport Network, improving transport safety and efficiency by providing commercial vehicles with an alternative crossing of the Toowoomba range to improve freight efficiency and driver safety.

Other benefits include:

  • reduced travel time across the Toowoomba range by up to 20 minutes for heavy vehicles
  • reduced vehicle operating costs by ensuring a maximum grade of 6.5 per cent across the
  • Toowoomba Range, a significant decrease from the existing range crossing
  • improving the impact of traffic to Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley area residents by reducing truck noise, exhaust fumes and other forms of pollution.

There will be no new superheavy vehicle class imposed on trucking companies and all trucks will pay a maximum toll of $22.85, which is generally consistent with the rest of the toll network in Queensland. Cars will pay the cheapest toll of any toll road in Queensland at $2.50, whilst motorcycles will pay $1.15 and light commercial vehicles will pay $5.70.

The 24 kilometre long western half of the TRSC was opened to traffic between Cranley on Toowoomba’s northern edge and the Gore Highway, at Athol, 25 kilometres west of the city, in December 2018.

The remainder of the TSRC to the east is a designated B-double route due to network restrictions on the Warrego Highway further to the east. TMR is planning for the construction of a decoupling pad in the Gatton area, which will enable the entire TSRC to be utilised to its design capacity as a Type 1 Road Train route.

This project is being delivered under a Public Private Partnership arrangement, with an indicative total cost of $1.606 billion. This includes an Australian Government contribution of $1.137 million, with the balance funded by the Queensland Government.

Aerial view of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, a road on cement supports weaving through the forest

Aerial view of Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.

For more information: Toowoomba Second Range Crossing

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie repairs

In 2018–19, TMR spent $143.25 million repairing the state road network following natural disasters.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie (Ex-TC Debbie) crossed the Queensland coast in March 2017 and caused significant damage. Initial repairs were completed in 2017–18 and most of full reconstruction works were completed by December 2018. This included reopening Marlborough-Sarina Road on the Sarina Range south of Mackay, and Gold Coast-Springbrook Road in the Gold Coast hinterland, where severe landslips had caused road closures. The remaining Ex-TC Debbie works were completed by June 2019.

The total Ex-TC Debbie reconstruction program spanned the 2017–18 and 2018–19 financial years and included:

  • repairing 639 earthworks and batter locations
  • repairing 113 structures (including bridges and culverts)
  • reconstructing 45 kilometres of road pavement
  • clearing 588 silt and debris locations.

Eligible reconstruction works will be jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) and Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).