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Bruce Highway (Cooroy to Curra)

Overview:

This project involves a 61km upgrade and realignment of the Bruce Highway between Cooroy and Curra, including a bypass of Gympie, and is among Queensland's highest priority road projects. It is designed to meet strategic transport needs of the Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions well into the future.

Location:

For construction purposes the project is being constructed in 4 sections:

Completion:

Section A

  • Hazell Bros Group Pty Ltd was awarded the first construction contract for the Section A project in June 2013. Work on Section A commenced in July 2013 and is expected to be completed in late 2016, weather permitting.

Section B (constructed first for safety reasons)

  • Preliminary works started on Section B in July 2009 with the completion of major works and highway commissioning occurring in December 2012.

Section C

  • Detailed planning is underway with this work expected to be completed in early 2014. Future design and construction timeframes are subject to funding.

Section D

  • Detailed planning is scheduled to commence in 2014 after funding submissions have been investigated for Section C. Future design and construction timeframes are subject to funding.
Benefits:

This upgrade will separate long distance from local traffic movements to allow the highway to function as a high-speed, high-volume corridor. It will be a 4-lane divided highway built to modern motorway standards, with the ability to be upgraded to 6 lanes in future.

Funding:
  • Section A: construction $790 million ($395 million state, $395 million federal)
  • Section B: construction $513 million ($125 million state, $388 million federal)
  • Section C: detailed planning $52 million (federal)
  • Section D: detailed planning $81 million (federal)
Regions:
Wide Bay Burnett Region, North Coast Region

Project info

The Bruce Highway (Cooroy to Curra) Upgrade involves a 61km upgrade and realignment of the Bruce Highway, including a bypass of Gympie, and is one of Queensland's highest priority road projects. The joint federal and state funded project will address the safety and traffic needs of the Bruce Highway well into the future.

This project has been the subject of extensive planning, design and construction by the Department of Transport and Main Roads over a number of years.

In 2004, the department commenced the Bruce Highway (Cooroy to Curra) Strategic Planning Study (SPS).

The SPS identified the best corridor for the highway to provide a safe and efficient route in the longer-term, while minimising the impact on existing communities and the environment. The study also considered potential locations of interchanges linking to local roads.

The following highway sections were chosen for construction purposes:

  • Section A: Cooroy southern interchange to Sankeys Road.
  • Section B: Sankeys Road to Traveston Road.
  • Section C: Traveston Road to Keefton Road.
  • Section D: Keefton Road to Curra, including the Gympie bypass.

The SPS report recommended a proposed corridor for the project which was refined to incorporate community feedback.

The refined option was released publicly in August 2009 and further detailed planning, design and construction work has taken place since this time on each individual section of the project.

Sections A and B

Major construction commenced on Section B in September 2009 and was opened to traffic in December 2012. Work also started on Section A in July 2013 and is expected to be finished in late 2016, weather permitting.

Further information about sections A and B of the Bruce Highway (Cooroy to Curra) Upgrade is available via the following links:

Section C

The 11km road corridor for this section follows an alignment to the east of the existing Bruce Highway with the possibility of an all-directional interchange just south of Keefton Road.

Detailed planning for Section C is expected to be finished in early 2014 with the aim to assess future funding requirements at this time.

Section D

This 26km highway section includes a bypass of Gympie with the corridor running east of the town, close to the railway line until Old Maryborough Road. It will then travel through the edge of Curra State Forest to minimise the impact on private land.

More detailed planning for Section D is scheduled to start in 2014 after funding submissions have been investigated for Section C.

Contact details

Email: brucehwyc2c@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone: 1800 180 566*
Post: Reply Paid 64
Bruce Highway Upgrade (Cooroy to Curra)
PO Box 183
Gympie QLD 4570

* Free call from anywhere in Australia. Charges may apply for calls from mobile phones or pay phones.

Community info

Community engagement has played a vital part in the development of a corridor for the Bruce Highway (Cooroy to Curra) Upgrade. Activities have included committee meetings, public displays, information sessions, meetings with project stakeholders, businesses, property owners and residents, distribution of maps and newsletters and other communication methods.

The department will continue to engage, consult and inform project stakeholders and the community throughout the project’s progress.

Cooroy to Curra project newsletter

Detailed maps of Bruce Highway Upgrade (Cooroy to Curra)

Bruce Highway Upgrade (Cooroy to Curra): key plan Click the map on the right-hand side to view the key plan of the Cooroy to Curra corridor.

Last updated
15 July 2014