Bruce Highway Trust Advisory Council
In 2019–20, the department continued implementing the Queensland Government's Future-proofing the Bruce policy. The policy commits to establishing a Bruce Highway Trust with a total investment remit of $1 billion annually, based on 80:20 Australian and Queensland governments funding arrangements, to identify investment priorities for the Bruce Highway–Brisbane to Cairns.
The policy outlined specific project commitments and state funding for:
- targeting 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 five year Action Plan.
In northern Queensland, a key commitment of the policy was to deliver the Townsville Ring Road Stage 5, which includes duplication of the remaining six kilometre two-lane undivided section of the Bruce Highway between Vickers Bridge and Shaw Road in Thuringowa. Construction is expected to commence by mid-2021, with completion in early 2023, weather permitting.
Bruce Highway Upgrade Program
The Australian and Queensland governments are committed to delivering the $12.6 billion Bruce Highway Upgrade Program over 15 years (2013–14 to 2027–28) based on an 80:20 funding arrangement. The program, which began in 2013, is aimed at improving safety, flood resilience, and capacity between Brisbane and Cairns.
The program is now in its seventh year with:
- 363 projects completed
- 121 projects in the design phase or under construction (34 construction, 87 design)
- 50 projects in the planning phase.
- 164 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)
- 75 kilometres of shoulder sealing/pavement widening completed
- 320 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
- 125 protected right-hand turns installed
- 18 signalised intersections installed
- 260 kilometres of roadside barriers installed
- 75 overtaking lanes installed
- 31.6 kilometres of highway has been duplicated.
QTRIP Industry Briefing 2019
In August 2019, the department hosted the annual Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP) statewide industry briefings in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Maroochydore, Mackay, Rockhampton, and Townsville.
Events provided industry with an overview of the QTRIP 2019–20 to 2022–23 and detailed insight into the projects to be released to market during the financial year, contract types, procurement processes, and the Transport System Planning Program. This targeted regional approach enabled industry partners to gain valuable insight into the upcoming project opportunities, with regional department representatives strengthening partnerships by providing specific project details directly to local industry stakeholders and business owners.
Survey results from the industry briefings showed a positive response rate, with 89 per cent of participants satisfied with the event, over a 90 per cent improvement in attendees' knowledge of QTRIP, and almost 70 per cent of respondents extremely likely to attend future events.