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|Map of Queensland with Bruce Highway highlighted in yellow|
|Length||1,652 km (1,027 mi)|
|North end||Captain Cook Highway (National Route 1/State Route 44), , Queensland|
|South end||Gateway Motorway (M1), , Brisbane|
|Major settlements||Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Maryborough|
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The Bruce Highway is a major highway in Queensland, Australia. Commencing in the state capital, Brisbane, it passes through areas close to the eastern coast to Cairns in Far North Queensland. The route is a part of the Australian National Highway and also part of Highway 1. Its length is approximately 1,700 kilometres (1,100 mi); it is entirely sealed with bitumen.
The highway is named after the former Queensland and federal politician Henry Adam Bruce. He was the state Minister for Works when the highway was named after him, in the mid-1930s. It once passed through Brisbane, but was truncated at Bald Hills when the recently constructed Gateway Motorway became National Highway 1 upon its opening in December 1986.
The Bruce Highway is the biggest traffic carrier in Queensland. The highway initially joined all the major coastal centres; however, a number of bypasses, particularly in the south, have diverted traffic around these cities to expedite traffic flow and ease urban congestion. As a result, the highway is constantly being shortened. The road is a dual carriageway from Brisbane to Cooroy with some dual carriageway lengths at Gympie, many of these upgrades being completed in the 1980s (Glass House Mountains, Tanawha, Maryborough) and 1990s (Nambour, Yandina, and Cooroy).
In the south the Bruce Highway commences at the bridge over the Pine River at the Gateway Motorway interchange, 21 kilometres (13 mi) north of Brisbane central business district. Recently[when?], the Bruce Highway has changed its route numbering from National Highway 1 to the M1 (motorway road) or A1 (single carriageway, generally with overtaking lanes).[clarification needed]
Several major cities along the route include Maryborough, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, and Cairns. The highway passes the Glasshouse Mountains, rainforests and pastures in the Sunshine Coast, the Gunalda Range (north of Gympie), Mount Larcom (north of Gladstone), and the arid countryside north of Rockhampton; after that, it passes through land predominantly used for sugar cane, crop growing and dairy farms and the sub-tropics and tropics.
One of the largest and major deviations of the Bruce Highway was the Bald Hills to Burpengary Deviation. Beginning construction in 1972, the new route took traffic from Gympie Road at Bald Hills to Uhlmann Road at Burpengary along a much more superior alignment which was also constructed to four lanes. The new route was officially opened on 10 November 1977 at a total cost of $20 million.
Due to the nature of wet weather and tropical cyclone prone areas of North Queensland, Bruce Highway is prone to frequent flooding in a number of places. Following the catastrophic Queensland floods in 2010–2011 the Australian Government have commissioned a feasibility study on flood-proofing the Bruce Highway. The feasibility study is to be completed by the middle of 2011.
Bruce Highway is set to undergo redevelopment, realignment, flood-proofing and extension of dual carriageway sections on numerous stretches of the Highway. Former Premier Anna Bligh announced the plans while launching the Queensland Infrastructure Plan. The works are expected to total A$2 billion and include 60 projects over a period of two decades.
A stretch of road between Cardwell and Tully, which is prone to frequent flooding in the wet season, is set to undergo realignment. A new route for the highway through Townsville was under construction with the first stage of the Townsville Ring Road (now called The Ring Road) already completed.
Upgrade to a stretch of the highway north of Townsville has been given approval, and will see the existing dual carriageway to the north extended by another 5–10 km.[vague] It will also include installation of traffic lights at Mt Low Parkway, and will be the final stage of the Ring Road link up to this section by 2015. The Queensland Main Roads Department's ultimate concept map of the development also shows that the highway will also progressively become Motorway standard by 2015, with the implementation of interchanges at various junctions.
The highway south of Cairns will also see sections of the highway to the suburb of Edmonton become six lanes, with progressive dual-carriageway redevelopment of the highway to Gordonvale. Labour candidate Jim Turnour has also put ahead that stage 1 of the Cairns Southern Motorway will begin with overpasses at Ray Jones Drive and Sheehy Road if elected.
Between Caboolture and the Gateway Motorway, the highway has been widened to eight and six lanes since 2001, including the Dohles Rocks Road to Boundary Road section in October 2004, the Boundary Road to Uhlmann Road section in March 2007, and the latest section Uhlmann Road to Bribie Island Road in November 2009. Further upgrades are under review.
A new interchange is currently under construction at the notorious intersection of Roys Road at Beerwah. It will also connect to the nearby Bells Creek Road, another dangerous intersection, and is due for completion in early 2015. This follows a similar situation at Buchanans Road in Morayfield, the intersection of which was replaced by an interchange in November 1996.
The Pumicestone Road interchange is also undergoing a redesign, replacing the original low-level bridge and ramps constructed in October 1970. Completion is expected in late 2014.
The Nambour Bypass has recently gone through a process of rehabilitation due to the extremely rough surface and dangerous pothole appearances during wet weather. This work was completed in 2009.
As of 2014 Section B of the joint State and Federal funded 61 kilometres (38 mi) Cooroy to Curra upgrade of the highway is open. Due to the new highway change, one of the local schools, Federal State School, was relocated. Early works for Section A has commenced. When completed, the Cooroy to Curra upgrade will bypass the town of Gympie and a mainly 2 lane section will be replaced with a 4 lane dual-carriageway. 
Major Upgrades - Bald Hills to Cooroy
- Caboolture Bypass – Burpengary to Bribie Island Road (August 1966)
- Caboolture Bypass - Bribie Island Road to Pumicestone Road (August 1970)
- Caboolture Bypass – Pumicestone Road to Beerburrum (January 1969)
- Eumundi to Cooroy Deviation (December 1972)
- Bald Hills to Burpengary Deviation Stage 1 (December 1973)
- Browns Creek to Eumundi Deviation (November 1974)
- Eumundi Bypass (August 1976)
- Bald Hills to Burpengary Deviation Stage 2 (2 August 1976)
- Bald Hills to Burpengary Deviation Stage 3 (10 November 1977)
- Burpengary to Caboolture Duplication (9 August 1979)
- Bribie Island Road to Pumicestone Road Duplication (December 1981)
- Pumicestone Road to Six Mile Creek Duplication (November 1982)
- Six Mile Creek to Beerburrum Creek Duplication (July 1984)
- Beerburrum Deviation (9 December 1985)
- Tanawha Deviation (16 November 1989)
- Nambour Bypass (16 October 1990)
- Nambour Bypass Duplication (20 December 1993)
- Cooroy Bypass (August 1994)
- Yandina Bypass (13 July 1997)
- Gateway Motorway to Dohles Rocks Road six-laning (April 2002)
- Yandina to Cooroy Duplication (18 September 2003)
- Dohles Rocks Road to Boundary Road six-laning (29 October 2004)
- Boundary Road to Uhlmann Road six-laning (March 2007)
- Uhlmann Road to Bribie Island Road six-laning (5 November 2009)
Major Upgrades - Cooroy to Rockhampton
- Wallaville - Burnett River Bridge (May 1940)
- Ambrose to Raglan Deviation (December 1967)
- Gunalda Bypass (April 1973)
- Gavial Deviation (Rockhampton) - Roope Road to Egan's Hill (1974)
- Bauple Bypass (August 1976)
- Bajool Bypass (May 1977)
- Howard-Torbanlea Deviation (May 1984)
- Rockhampton Deviation – Yeppen Yeppen Crossing to Egan's Hill (March 1986)
- Maryborough Bypass (14 September 1990)
- Wallaville Deviation - Tim Fischer Bridge (1999)
- Gunalda Range Deviation (14 February 2001)
- Isis River Bridge replacement (August 2011)
- Cooroy to Curra Upgrade Section B (18 December 2012)
- Rockhampton – Yeppen North (28 October 2013)
- Calliope Interchange (December 2013)
- Cooroy to Curra Upgrade Section A (to be completed late 2016)
Major Upgrades - Rockhampton to Townsville
- Bowen - Don River Bridge (10 May 1973)
- Parkhurst - Ramsey Creek Bridge (January 1975)
- Mackay - Bakers Creek Deviation (23 December 1977)
- Mackay Deviation – Ron Camm Bridge (16 July 1980)
- Rockhampton Deviation – Neville Hewitt Bridge (16 August 1980)
- Marlborough-Sarina alignment change (29 October 1982)
- Thoopara - 3.4km deviation and new bridge over O'Connell River (September 1984)
- Townsville Deviation - Alignment change from Ingham/Charters Towers/Bowen Roads/Stuart Drive to Nathan/Duckworth Streets/University Road (25 May 1992)
- Mackay Deviation - Nebo Road/North Coast Railway realignment overpass (2 May 1993)
- Mackay - Ron Camm Bridge duplication (18 December 1998)
- Mackay - Boundary Road to Farrellys Lane duplication and intersection upgrade (December 2009)
- Mackay - Boundary Road to City Gates intersection upgrades (2012)
- Mackay - Farrellys Road to Temples Lane duplication and intersection upgrades (October 2013)
Major Upgrades - Townsville to Cairns
- Bellenden Ker deviation (1960s)
- Gordonvale/Aloomba - Assman Road to Cairns Road realignment - Carl Wordsworth Bridge (December 1961)
- Ingham Deviation - John Row Bridge at Herbert River (28 September 1968)
- Bellenden Plains/Murray River Deviation - replaced in 2008 by Tully Deviation (December 1968)
- Townsville - Black River Bridge (October 1971)
- Innisfail Deviation – Centenary Bridge (9 July 1973)
- Innisfail - Sir Joseph McAvoy Bridge (1981)
- Rollingstone Deviation - (5 November 1984)
- Cardwell Range Deviation (South) (November 1986)
- Babinda Deviation Stage 1: Lloyd's Corner/Stager Road to Munro Street (1991)
- Babinda Deviation Stage 2: Munro Street to Nelson Road (1992)
- Babinda Deviation Stage 3: Nelson Road to Frenchmans Creek (1993)
- Townsville Deviation – Woolcock Street extension (March 1998)
- Edmonton Deviation - realignment and four-laning (1999)
- Cairns - Ray Jones Drive to Sheehy Road six-laning (2002)
- Cairns - Sheehy Road to Foster Road six-laning (2004)
- Tully deviation (2008)
- Townsville Ring Road Stage 3 - Change of course for National Highway A1 (2009)
- Mount Low Interchange Townsville (2009)
- Higher-level Mulgrave River Bridge - Desmond Trannore Bridge (20 April 2009)
- Cardwell Range Deviation (North) (1 November 2013)
- Cairns Southern Access Upgrade – Stage 1 (May 2014)
Travelling north, the following towns and small cities are found on (or very close to) the Bruce Highway.
- Maryborough to Rockhampton
|Brisbane||Bald Hills||0||0||127||Gateway Motorway (M1) east / Gympie Arterial Road (M3) south , Brisbane, Brisbane Airport||Southern highway terminus; partial Y interchange: no access between Gateway Motorway and Gympie Arterial Road|
|Moreton Bay||Griffin–Murrumba Downs boundary||2.5||1.6||130||Dohls Rock Road||Half-diamond interchange: northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|Kallangur–Mango Hill–North Lakes tripoint||5.6||3.5||133||Anzac Avenue (State Route 71)||Parclo interchange|
|North Lakes–Dakabin–Narangba tripoint||10.3||6.4||138||Boundary RoadAlma Park Zoo,|
|Deception Bay–Burpengary boundary||14.1||8.8||142||Deception Bay Road (State Route 26 east)|
|Burpengary||18.6||11.6||146||Uhlmann Road (State Route 60 west)|
|Burpengary–Morayfield boundary||20.3||12.6||—||Caboolture BP Travel Centre|
|Morayfield||22.1||13.7||150||Buchanan Road||Dumbbell interchange|
|Caboolture||24.5||15.2||152||Lower King Street west / Bribe Island Road east||Parclo interchange; northern ramps merge with D'Aguilar Highway southern ramps|
|26.1||16.2||D'Aguilar Highway (State Route 85)||Trumpet interchange|
|Caboolture–Elimbah boundary||29.6||18.4||—||Pumicestone Road||Diamond interchange, upgrade currently under construction|
|Elimbah||35.5||22.1||—||Steve Irwin Way (Tourist Drive 24)|
|Sunshine Coast||Glass House Mountains–Coochin Creek boundary||43.2||26.8||—||Johnston Road – Mobil Service Centre, Wild Horse Mountain Lookout|
|Meridan Plains–Glenview boundary||60.6||37.7||—||Steve Irwin Way (State Route 6 / Tourist Drive 24) west / Caloundra Road (State Route 6) east||Parclo interchange|
|—||Fizzo Road north / Pignata Road south||Frontage roads|
|Tanawha–Sippy Downs boundary||66.2||41.1||194||Sunshine Motorway (State Route 70)|
|Forest Glen–Chevallum boundary||71.5–
|—||Mons Road, Buderim|
|Woombye||73.7||45.8||—||Maroochydore Road (State Route 8) east / Nambour Connection Road westBig Pineapple,||Roundabout interchange|
|Bli Bli–Nambour boundary||80.7||50.1||—||Nambour–Bli Bli Road (State Route 10 east / Tourist Drive 23 west)Sunshine Coast Airport,||Dumbbell interchange|
|Bli Bli–Parklands–Kulangoor tripoint||83.0||51.6||—||Nambour Connection Road||Partial parclo interchange: no northbound entrance ramp|
|Yandina||87.4||54.3||—||Yandina–Coolum Road (State Route 11)||Dumbbell interchange|
|Eumundi||95.8||59.5||—||Eumundi–Noosa Road (State Route 12 east)||Hybrid interchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance only|
|Eerwah Vale||98.5||61.2||—||Memorial Drive / Eumundi–Kenilworth Road – Eumundi, Noosa, Kenilworth||Hybrid interchange; southbound exit and northbound entrance only|
|Noosa||Cooroy||103||64||—||Myall Street (State Route 6)||Trumpet interchange; route transition: northern end of M1, southern end of A1|
|Gympie||Gympie||144||89||Mary Valley Road (State Route 51)|
|Bells Bridge||159||99||Wide Bay Highway (State Route 49)|
|Fraser Coast||Tinana||227||141||Gympie Road (State Route 57)|
|Bundaberg||Childers||289||180||Isis Highway (State Route 52) south|
|Apple Tree Creek–North Isis boundary||296||184||Isis Highway (State Route 3) north||Partially grade separated|
|Gin Gin||344||214||Gin Gin Road (State Route 3) – Bunderburg|
|Gladstone||Benaraby–Wurdong Heights boundary||491||305||Gladstone–Benaraby Road (State Route 58)|
|Calliope||502||312||Dawson Highway (State Route 60) , Gladstone||Diamond interchange with additional looped ramp|
|Mount Larcom||536||333||Gladstone–Mount Larcom Road (State Route 58) – Gladstone|
|Rockhampton||Gracemere–Port Curtis boundary||605||376||Burnett Highway (A3)|
|Port Curtis–Fairy Bower boundary||608||378||Capricorn Highway (A4)||Roundabout|
|Rockhampton||612||380||Fitzroy Street to Rockhampton–Emu Park Road|
|Parkhurst||621||386||Yeppoon Road (Tourist Drive 10)|
|Mackay||Ooralea–Paget–West Mackay tripoint||943||586||Peak Downs Highway (State Route 70)|
|Townsville||Stuart||1324||823||Flinders Highway (A6)|
|Johnstone||Belvedere–Goondi boundary||1599||994||Palmerston Highway (State Route 25)|
|Cairns||Gordonvale||1659||1,031||Gillies Highway (State Route 52) , Atherton|
|Cairns||1682||1,045||Captain Cook Highway (National Route 1)||Northern highway terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Freeways in Australia
- Freeways in Brisbane
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- List of highways in Queensland
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- QLD Transport page on Cooroy to Curra project Accessed 25 August 2013
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