|M1 A1||Pacific Motorway, Gateway Motorway & Bruce Highway (M1 / A1) - Former Alignment: Bowen to Cairns|
The M1 / A1 corridor is the main coastal route from the NSW border to the northern tip of the east coast of Australia, and links major cities and towns with Brisbane, and beyond the NSW border, Sydney.
Bruce Highway is named after former Minister of Public Works, Henry Bruce 1 and connects Brisbane with all coastal regions north of the city.
The route is freeway standard from the Gateway Motorway interchange to Curra, north of Cooroy. From there, the route alternates between single and dual carriageway, and passes through rural, residential, industrial and commercial areas.
- October 1934: Bruce Highway named after Minister for Works. 1
- November 1934: Bruce Highway declared. 4
- December 1961: Gordonvale Deviation / Mulgrave River bridge opened. 2
- July 1967: Work commenced on a new route across Bellenden Plains / Murray River (near Cardwell). 2
- 28 September 1968: Herbert River bridge at Ingham opened. 2
- December 1968: Completion of new route across Bellenden Plains / Murray River (near Cardwell). 2
- 5 November 1984: Rollingstone Creek Bridge opened by Russ Hinze. 2
- 1991: First stage of Babinda Deviation was completed and removed the last one-lane bridge on the highway. 2
- March 2008: Work began on the Woodlands to Veales upgrade near Townsville, and included the upgrade of the junction of Bruce Hwy and Veales Rd to a seagull intersection, a new Stoney Creek bridge and the construction of an overpass at Mount Low. 3
- December 2008: Completion of a 15.5 kilometre federally-funded upgrade of the Bruce Highway south of Tully, which included 3 new bridges over Tully River, Tully River Overflow and Murray River. 4
- January 2009: Completion of seagull junction treatment at the Bruce Hwy / Veales Rd intersection near Townsville. 3
- November 2009: Bridges in the Tully area named: Joe Kinjun /K injufile Bridge, for the new bridge over the Tully River on the Bruce Highway, Euramo Bridge, for the new bridge over the Tully River overflow on the Bruce Highway and Henry Family Bridge, for the new bridge over the Murray River on the Bruce Highway. 4
- November 2013: Cardwell Range Realignment project fully opened to traffic. 5 The upgrade of Wrights Creek bridge, south of Cairns, was finished, eliminating a narrow bridge that had become a traffic bottleneck. 6
- July 2014: The new northbound section of the Stuart Creek bridge and approaches was completed and opened to traffic at Cluden, near Townsville. 7
- October 2014: Completion of the roundabout removal at the intersection of University Road, Macarthur Drive and Melton Black Drive in Annandale, Townsville. The upgrade included installation of traffic lights, turning lanes, additional traffic lanes, and new footpaths and cycle lanes. 8
This page concentrates the former alignment between Bowen and Cairns
|Bowen to Cairns||Cairns to Bowen|
|Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign assembly facing Railway Av in Cluden, May 2011.
Image © Terry Siva
|Reassurance Directional Sign:
Distance sign at Annandale, November 2013.
Image © Terry Siva
|Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching the Nathan St (SR13) interchange at Annandale, November 2013.
Image © Terry Siva
1 Nambour Chronicle, 26 October 1934
2 Tyler Bullock
3 Queensland Cabinet and Ministerial Directory, Media Statements, Veales Road Intersection Safety Improvements
4 Queensland Cabinet and Ministeral Directory, Media Statements, New bridge names honour Tully region, 17 November 2009
5 Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Media Releases, Cardwell Range Realignment Opens to Traffic, 1 November 2013
6 Department of Transport and Main Roads, Projects, Wrights Creek bridge upgrade
7 Department of Transport and Main Roads, Projects, Bruce Highway Upgrade (Vantassel to Cluden) Project update, October 2014
8 Department of Transport and Main Roads, Projects, Melton Black Drive intersection upgrade project
Last updated: 08-Jul-2020 8:15
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