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Queensland increases annual Bruce Highway funding

Another increase in funding, alongside a new 15-year plan, will see more focus put into developing the Bruce Highway for Queensland truckies

The Queensland government has announced it has increased its annual funding for the Bruce Highway to $250 million per annum from 2027-28 onwards.

The funding increase is set to help ensure the ‘backbone of Queensland’ continues to receive the necessary funding to undertake progressive upgrade works and complete the projects that will take pressure off the freight route.

The Queensland government has provided increased funding to support important safety, capacity and flood immunity projects along the Bruce.

It continues record investments made over the past nine years, including $470 million to flood immunity, the development of a whole-of-corridor fatigue management strategy and the progression of an investigation into technical solutions that will provide motorists with more advanced flood risk warnings.

“With record investments over the past nine years, a renewed annual funding commitment and some fantastic new projects and initiatives, Queenslanders know that the government will deliver, just like we are delivering the Rocky Ring Road,” Queensland transport and main roads minister Bart Mellish says.

“Projects that support the Bruce and that help to ease congestion on our main highway are also an important part of our Bruce plan, like the $1 billion Inland Freight Route (or ‘Second Bruce’) and our investment in the Queensland Beef Corridors.

“Safety is always our most important priority and I’m pleased to be working with key transport advocates to improve safety on the Bruce.”

The Queensland government has also unveiled a 15-year Vision and Action Plan for the Bruce Highway following the federal government’s 2023 Infrastructure Review.

The Bruce Highway Advisory Council oversaw the development of the plan, which will help inform future investment decisions of state and federal governments.

“The release of the 15-year Vision and Action Plans for the Bruce Highway and the Safer Bruce 2030 Action Plan marks a key milestone for the Bruce Highway,” Mellish says.

“We now have a plan for the future of the Bruce Highway which extends beyond the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program commitments.”

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