Premier Campbell Newman is urging Queensland motorists to be patient while almost 200 roadwork projects are completed to repair the Bruce Highway.

Queensland commuters can expect delays on the state’s major highway with almost 200 roadworks projects underway or due to start in coming months.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has called for patience while the work on the Bruce Highway is started.

Although it’s a 10 year plan, Mr Newman said he expected major disruptions to occur mainly within the first 12 months.

This means someone driving from Brisbane to Cairns can expect to add two hours on to what would normally be a 21 hour journey, he said.

“We’ve seen the RACQ say that over the next 10 years, if work like this isn’t done, there could be as many as 400 deaths,” Mr Newman told reporters in Brisbane on Sunday.

“That’s a terrible, terrifying, sobering statistic and that is why this work is being done.”

A record $770 million is being spent on the state’s roads in 12 months, he said.