The Bruce Highway Upgrade (Cooroy to Curra) project 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 over a number of years.
In 2004, the department commenced the Bruce Highway (Cooroy to Curra) Strategic Planning Study (SPS).
The SPS identified a proposed 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 to Woondum.
Section D: Woondum 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:
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.
Preliminary planning for Section D commenced in March 2014 and is expected to be completed by early 2016. Construction of Section D is subject to funding.
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Bruce Highway Upgrade (Cooroy to Curra)
PO Box 183
Gympie QLD 4570