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Mackay Whitsunday

Fast facts

Map of Mackay Whitsunday district 
Map of Queensland with Mackay Whitsunday District highlighted 
Area covered

90,140km2

Population of Queensland

3.44%

Data source: Queensland Government Statistician's Office (Queensland Treasury), Queensland Regional Profiles www.qgso.qld.gov.au, April 2020

 

2,672km

State-controlled roads*

450km

National Land Transport Network*

230,477

Vehicle and machinery inspections

42

Boating infrastructures

16

Community safety events held

4,097

Vehicle safety inspections completed

297

Bridges**

3,853

Drivers licence tests conducted

134,091

Customer face-to-face interaction

54

Priority enabled intersection

Data source: *A Road Management Information System (ARMIS), 30 June 2020
Data source: **Bridge Information System (BIS), 30 June 2020

Highlights

  • Continued upgrading the Peak Downs Highway at Eton Range, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • Commenced construction of additional lanes of the Bruce Highway between Ron Camm Bridge and Mackay Ring Road Stage 1, as part of the Mackay Northern Access Upgrade project, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • Continued construction of the Mackay Ring Road (Stage 1) project, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • Commenced widening formation and rehabilitation of the Bruce Highway between Hampden and Kuttabul, jointly funded by the Australian and Queenslandgovernments.
  • Worked with Mackay Regional Council to deliver new bus stops to improve access to the Mackay bus network.

Walkerston Bypass

Design works continue on the Walkerston Bypass project which will deliver a new 10.4 kilometre two-lane link between the Peak Downs Highway (Eton Range) and the Bruce Highway four kilometres south-west of the current connection, and a new floodfree crossing at Bakers Creek.

Once completed, the Walkerston Bypass will integrate with the Peak Downs Highway–Eton Range upgrade and the Mackay Ring Road projects.

The project will deliver improved safety and network benefits by diverting the current heavy vehicle route away from Walkerston and will ensure the long-term liveability of the Mackay area and support expansive future economic growth.

The $150 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.

Construction is scheduled to commence in early 2021 and is expected to be completed in late 2023.

Sarina Northern Access

Work on the intersection to the upgrade of Sarina Beach Road and the Bruce Highway, originally scheduled for completion in March 2020, was completed early and opened to traffic in December 2019.

The upgrade provided a new two-lane roundabout to address predicted traffic volumes and to accommodate the mix of heavy vehicles, highway users, and local traffic.

The new roundabout will improve manoeuvrability for heavy vehicles turning onto and off the Bruce Highway. Other benefits include improved traffic flow through the intersection and a reduced risk of crashes caused by queuing and right-turn movements.

The roundabout will slow highway traffic approaching Sarina, creating a safer road environment for motorists, pedestrians, and nearby residents.

This major upgrade was delivered as part of the $12.6 billion Bruce Highway Upgrade Program to improve safety, flood resilience and capacity along the Bruce Highway.

Mackay–Eungella and Marian–Hampden Road intersection upgrade

Work on the $1.3 million upgrade to the Mackay–Eungella and Marian–Hampden Road intersection was completed in May 2020.

The project has delivered:

  • improved safety for users of Mackay–Eungella Road and surrounding side roads
  • improved traffic flow
  • reduced congestion
  • improved surface skid resistance
  • enhanced signage
  • installation of controlled traffic signals
  • signalised pedestrian crossing on David Price Way.

Motorists are now experiencing reduced queuing during peak hour periods and safer access.

This project was delivered under the Queensland Government’s Safer Road Sooner program, which targets road safety improvement at locations with a high severity crash history.

Mackay Ring Road

Construction on the Mackay Ring Road (Stage 1) project continues.

The 11.3 kilometre two-lane Mackay Ring Road includes the construction of four water crossings and nine overpass structures.

The project also includes an upgrade to a section of the Peak Downs Highway between Horse and Jockey Road and Sextons Road and construction of a new shared pedestrian and bicycle pathway. All upgrade works along the Peak Downs Highway are complete, and locals are now benefitting from the shared pedestrian and bicycle pathway. 

The Mackay Ring Road will cater for future growth and improve road network connectivity. New connections at the Bruce Highway South, Peak Downs Highway, and Bruce Highway North are being constructed. Collectively, these network connections will improve freight efficiency for Bruce Highway traffic and improve an important connection for the supply chain to the northern Bowen basin.

The Mackay Ring Road is being delivered as part of the $12.6 billion Bruce Highway Upgrade Program to improve safety, flood resilience and capacity along the Bruce Highway.

Construction of the project is on track for completion in late 2020.

Mackay Northern Access upgrade

Construction began in February 2020 on the four kilometre Mackay Northern Access Upgrade project which will address congestion and improve safety for freight and local traffic in the Mackay urban area.

The works include:

  • widening the section of the Bruce Highway from Ron Camm Bridge to Mackay-Bucasia Road intersection to six lanes
  • widening the section from Mackay-Bucasia Road to the Bald Hill Road intersection to four lanes
  • widening of the existing bridge and constructing a new bridge at Janes Creek
  • constructing a new bridge overpass at Davey Street widening of the Goosepond Creek bridges.

Once completed, the project will reduce delays and queuing during peak hours. Traffic flow will be boosted at critical locations on the Bruce Highway and major intersections north of Mackay.

Construction of the jointly funded Australian and Queensland governments project is on track for completion in early 2022.

Eton Range realignment

Construction of the Eton Range realignment project is progressing towards completion.

To provide a safer and more efficient range crossing, the project will widen and partially realign the existing range crossing to two lanes in each direction. The upgrade will reduce the current grade and tight curves, improving the safety of the range, particularly for heavy vehicles.

The project will cater for future growth and projected vehicle numbers, improve safety, and increase efficiency and capacity of this key transport route.

A koala research study, using GPS tracking collars, was undertaken. Using the information collated, the study recommended the installation of fauna fencing to help address impacts to wildlife.

Wildlife fencing has been installed at Dennison Creek on the Peak Downs Highway between Nebo and Eton to help reduce the number of koalas injured or killed on the roadway.

The project is nearing completion, with construction expected to be completed in September 2020.