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$80m Mackay Northern Access Upgrade marks another project milestone

Posted by Monica Gameng

The $80 million congestion-busting Mackay Northern Access Upgrade Project is one step closer to beginning construction, with the design for Stage 1 ready for community consultation.

According to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack, this project will help improve safety as well as relive the increasing pressure on the Bruce Highway and Mackay’s northern road network.

Stage 1 of the Mackay Northern Access Upgrade will include:

  • Widening the highway to six lanes from the Ron Camm Bridge to Mackay-Bucasia Road intersection
  • Widening to four lanes from Mackay-Bucasia Road to the Davey Street overpass
  • Major intersection upgrades

“Motorists who travel along this stretch of the Bruce Highway know just how heavy traffic can be.

“Providing additional lanes and major upgrades of key intersections – including Sams Road and Mackay-Bucasia Road – will reduce peak-hour congestion,” Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said.

mackay-northern-access-upgradeSource: Australian Government

Stage 2 of the Mackay Northern Access Upgrade will include upgrading the Davey Street overpass as well as widening the highway to four lanes which will align it with the Mackay Ring Road approximately 350 metres north of Bald Hill Road.

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said that Mackay roads carry approximately 15 to 20 million tonnes of freight each year and this project will streamline a vital freight transport route.

“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.

Construction on the Mackay Northern Access Upgrade Stage 1 is expected to commence in late 2018 – once design works and extensive community consultation are finalised – and, weather permitting, be completed by mid-2020.

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Source: Queensland Government, Daily Mercury

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

As PlantMiner's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1000 posts. She truly is an industry expert. Monica's passion for educating and inspiring readers saw the PlantMiner blog recognised by Feedspot as one of the Best Australian Construction Blogs in 2018 and 2019. PlantMiner is Australia's largest online construction marketplace. Sign up as a vendor to find and engage with civil and commercial contractors across Australia. Alternatively, if you're looking for plant and equipment you can compare equipment and subcontractor quotes from vendors near you in just a few steps.