York Civil Mackay Ring Road
Project Location: Mackay, North Queensland
Client: York Civil
Project Value: $497M
Upgrading the Bruce Highway to improve connectivity between Queensland’s coastal cities is a Priority Initiative on the Infrastructure Priority List. The Stage 1 Mackay Ring Road project (MRRP) would construct a 2-lane, 11.3-kilometre highway bypass of urban areas in Mackay with 1-in-100 year flood immunity. The project would improve the safety, capacity and accessibility of the road network in Mackay, improve travel times (for both commercial freight and commuters), and remove heavy and dangerous goods vehicles from congested urban areas. The bypass will have limited access to allow inter-regional traffic travelling from south to north or north to south to bypass Mackay’s urban area. Provision of a mid-point overtaking opportunity in both directions is included in the design, to coincide with entry ramps for slow moving heavy vehicles. Dual lane roundabouts at major junctions and a grade separated overpass of the existing Peak Downs Highway also forms part of the proposed project. A total of 13 bridges are required for Stage 1 of the MRRP. Flood immunity of 1 in 100 years is proposed and would require major bridge crossings of the Pioneer River and Fursden Creek, as well as nine overpasses of existing local roads and the cane rail network.