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Bruce Highway Upgrade (Cooroy to Curra): Section A (Cooroy to Federal)

Overview:
The $490 million Section A project forms part of the Bruce Highway (Cooroy to Curra) Upgrade. It will deliver a new 13.5km, 4-lane divided highway between the existing interchange south of Cooroy and the new section of highway in Federal (near Sankeys Road).
Location:

Bruce Highway between the Cooroy southern interchange and Sankeys Road.

Completion:
  • Hazell Bros Group Pty Ltd was awarded the first construction contract for the Section A project in June 2013, with work starting in July 2013 and finishing in April 2014.
  • Bielby Holdings Pty Ltd was awarded the second construction contract in October 2013, with work starting in November 2013.
  • The third and final construction contract was awarded to Lend Lease Engineering Pty Ltd in April 2014, with work starting in July 2014.
  • The entire Section A project is expected to be completed in late 2016, weather permitting.
Benefits:

A new highway will be constructed to meet capacity and efficiency demands for long-term road freight and transport needs in the region. It will also support safe, high-speed travel and improved access to regional townships.

Regions:
Wide Bay Burnett Region, North Coast Region

Project info

The $490 million Section A construction project was fast-tracked by the Australian and Queensland governments under a 50/50 funding arrangement to ensure the Bruce Highway remained a priority for the state.

The Section A project is the next priority section to be completed for the Cooroy to Curra project and is the highest priority Bruce Highway project for Queensland.

The project will deliver a new 13.5km, 4-lane divided highway between the existing interchange south of Cooroy and the recently completed section of highway in Federal (near Sankeys Road). It will be delivered in 3 construction contracts, including:

  • Contract 1B: Upgrading Black Mountain Range Road - realignment of an 800m section of Black Mountain Range Road and construction of an overpass over the new highway to maintain the connection to the existing highway. This contract started July 2013 and was completed in April 2014. The successful contractor for Contract 1B was Hazell Bros Group Pty Ltd.
  • Contract 2: Upgrading the highway between Cudgerie Drive and Sankeys Road - construction of just over 7km of new 4-lane highway, a new all-movements interchange north of Cooroy and new bridges over Skyring Creek and Gardners Road as well as Evan Thomas Road. This contract has been awarded to Bielby Holdings Pty Ltd, with work starting in November 2013 and expected to be completed in mid-2016, weather permitting.
  • Contract 3: Upgrading the highway between Cooroy southern interchange and Cudgerie Drive - construction of 6km of new northbound lanes to duplicate the existing Cooroy bypass, rehabilitation of the existing highway to provide two southbound lanes, upgrade of the existing Cooroy southern interchange and new bridges over Six Mile Creek. This contract has been awarded to Lend Lease Engineering Pty Ltd, with work starting in July 2014 and expected to be finished in late 2016, weather permitting.

Map of construction contracts

Section A (Cooroy southern interchange to Sankeys Road): construction contracts map

Map of the Section A project and interchanges

Section A (Cooroy southern interchange to Sankeys Road): overall map and interchanges

Consultants GHD Pty Ltd will administer the delivery of the entire Section A project.

The entire Section A project is expected to be completed in late 2016, weather permitting.

Contact details

Community members and road users are encouraged to subscribe to free SMS and email update services to receive advice on construction activities and changed traffic conditions. To register, please visit our Bruce Highway (Cooroy to Curra) Section A SMS and email update service webpage.

Email: brucehwyc2c@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone: 1800 180 566*
Post: 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

There has been ongoing engagement and consultation with the wider community, local government, key stakeholders and businesses throughout the Section A project.

A planning option was identified for Section A and presented at public displays in 2008. As a result of community feedback and further detailed planning, this option was refined.

Initially, the Cooroy northern interchange was located near Cudgerie Drive to provide convenient access to the new highway for nearby communities. However following community feedback and further investigations into potential social impacts, the interchange location was changed to halfway between Cudgerie Drive and Black Mountain Range Road. This location minimises impacts on nearby communities while still allowing for an efficient, high-capacity interchange that links in well with local roads and is convenient for road users to access.

The recommended option for the Section A project, including the new Cooroy northern interchange location, was displayed to the public in November 2011. This was met with positive feedback and minor changes were then made to the design to create the final layout for the project.

The department will maintain close contact with property owners and residents in close proximity to the Section A project and other key stakeholders to keep them informed on the progress of construction work.

Section A full length aerial layout

Section A (Cooroy southern interchange to Sankeys Road): full length aerial layout

Section A visualisation

A ‘fly-through’ visualisation has been developed to depict what the Section A project is expected to look like when work is complete. The visualisation starts at the Cooroy southern interchange and finishes at the recently opened section of highway in Federal.

Newsletters

November 2011

Construction Environment Management Plan

The Construction Environment Management Plan (CEMP) for the Giant Barred Frog (Mixophyes iteratus) and the Mary River Cod (Maccullochella mariensis) for Section A was approved by the federal Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities on 1 August 2012.

The CEMP outlines measures the department and its contractors will take to mitigate construction impacts on habitat for these species.

Latest news

April 2016

Detours ahead of Cooroy northern interchange opening

On Monday 11 April 2016, the new all movements Cooroy northern interchange will open and Bruce Highway traffic will switch to the new 7km highway alignment between Cudgerie Drive and Sankeys Road, connecting to the highway upgrade at Federal.

From early April 2016, a number of temporary traffic changes and detours will be in place during the week prior to the traffic switch. These changes are outlined below (all dates are subject to weather).

Friday 8 April (traffic switches)

  • Northbound highway traffic will switch on to the new Bruce Highway alignment between Cudgerie Drive and Sankeys Road (southbound traffic will remain on the Old Bruce Highway).
  • Northbound on and off-ramps will open at the new Cooroy northern interchange.

6am Friday 8 April – 6am Monday 11 April (temporary detours)

  • There will be no northbound access on the Old Bruce Highway north of Evan Thomas Road (formerly Christies Road) at Federal. Motorists wishing to travel north past Evan Thomas Road will need to travel south to the new Cooroy northern interchange and then access the new highway alignment via the northbound on-ramp. This detour will affect local motorists accessing the Old Bruce Highway northbound from Black Mountain Range Road, Pioneer Road, Pomona Connection Road, Gardners Road, Andrews Road and Evan Thomas Road.
  • There will be no northbound access to Pomona via the Old Bruce Highway. Motorists wishing to access Pomona northbound from the Bruce Highway will exit at the new Cooroy northern interchange off-ramp (Exit 237) and will be detoured via Yurol Forest Road. Detour signage will be in place at the interchange.

Night works and stop/go traffic control

From early April to early May 2016, night works will be required on the Bruce Highway for implementation works including line marking, barrier relocation and asphalting. Single lane closures and stop/go traffic control will be in place at multiple locations on the Bruce Highway between Cudgerie Drive and Sankeys Road between 6pm and 6am, with signage and traffic controllers directing motorists.

Map of traffic changes

January 2016

New southbound off-ramp at Cooroy northern interchange

From Thursday 28 January 2016, traffic exiting to Cooroy and Noosa will be diverted on to the new off-ramp at Cooroy northern interchange, weather and construction conditions permitting.

The new off-ramp (Exit 237) will be located approximately 1.2km north of the current temporary off-ramp (Exit 230A). As part of this switch, the new Cooroy Connection Road (Elm Street) will also open to traffic in both directions.

Night works will be required on the highway between Cudgerie Drive and Cooroy northern interchange on Wednesday 27 January 2016, including line marking, barrier relocation and removal of the temporary off-ramp at Cudgerie Drive. Stop-go traffic control will be in place on the highway between 6pm and 5am.

Motorists are advised to follow the instructions of traffic controllers and road signage.

Map of traffic changes

Bruce Highway traffic changes at Cooroy southern interchange

Commencing the week of Monday 18 January 2016, the following traffic switches will occur at Cooroy southern interchange and surrounding local roads, subject to weather and construction conditions.

  • The existing southbound on-ramp at Myall Street will close, and traffic will be diverted via a temporary on-ramp at the Cooroy southern interchange connection road. Traffic for Nandroya Road will also be diverted in both directions via a side track from this on-ramp. These traffic changes will involve lane and shoulder closures and stop/go traffic control.
  • Bruce Highway traffic will switch on to the newly constructed northbound carriageway (one lane in each direction) between the Cooroy southern interchange and the Mary River Road overpass. This traffic switch is necessary to facilitate construction of the new southbound highway lanes.
  • The southbound off-ramp (Exit 230) will be temporarily closed until mid-2016. During this closure, motorists can exit the highway southbound for Cooroy via the Cooroy northern interchange (Exit 237).

Night works will be required intermittently throughout January and February 2016 between the Cooroy southern interchange and Mary River Road overpass to facilitate the traffic switches, including asphalting, line marking and barrier placement. Single lane closures and stop/go traffic control may be in place between 5pm and 6am.

Motorists are encouraged to follow the instructions of traffic controllers and signage.

Map of traffic changes

November 2015

Cooroy southern interchange – bridge demolition

During the weekend 6 November – 9 November 2015, road closures and detours will be in place at Cooroy southern interchange for bridge demolition works. From 7pm Friday 6 November until 5am Saturday 7 November all access under the highway at Cooroy southern interchange connection road will be closed. Northbound motorists wishing to access Cooroy during this period will exit the highway at the temporary off-ramp on Holts Road and continue on around the interchange, where traffic controllers will be in place to guide motorists safely across the highway and in to Cooroy. One lane will re-open under the highway at 5am Saturday 7 November to northbound off-ramp and local Holts Road traffic only.

There will be no access to the Bruce Highway northbound via the temporary Holts Road on-ramp from 7pm Friday 6 November until 5am Monday 9 November. Motorists entering the Bruce Highway northbound from Cooroy will detour via the southbound on-ramp and continue south on the Bruce Highway to Exit 224 (Eumundi-Kenilworth Rd), where they will cross the overpass and re-enter the Bruce Highway northbound.

Motorists are encouraged to drive with caution and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signage.

Map of traffic changes

October 2015

Cooroy southern interchange – bridge demolition

Bridge demolition works at Cooroy southern interchange scheduled for the weekend 23 October – 26 October 2015 have been postponed. A revised demolition program will be confirmed in the coming week.

September 2015

Traffic changes at Cooroy southern interchange

From early September (weather permitting), there will be a number of temporary traffic changes around the Cooroy southern interchange. These changes are required to allow for important upgrade works at the new Cooroy southern interchange. All dates are subject to weather and construction conditions.

Mid-September 2015

The Bruce Highway northbound off-ramp to Cooroy (Exit 230) will be closed until early 2016. Motorists will be diverted via a temporary off-ramp at Holts Road, about 350m south of the existing off-ramp.

Mid-October 2015

  • The Cooroy southern interchange northbound on-ramp will close for approximately 2 months. During this period, motorists entering the Bruce Highway northbound from Cooroy will be diverted via a temporary on-ramp at Holts Road.
  • A section of Myall Street will be closed to allow for works on the new roundabout. Traffic for Nandroya Road and the Bruce Highway southbound, will be detoured via a temporary side track accessed from the Cooroy southern interchange connection road.
  • Bruce Highway traffic will temporarily realign over the new northbound exit bridge at the Cooroy southern interchange until the new highway bridges are completed in early 2016.

Motorists are encouraged to follow the instructions of traffic controllers and road signs.

March 2015

Traffic switch

From Sunday 1 March 2015 (weather permitting), Bruce Highway traffic will switch onto the newly constructed highway lanes between Cudgerie Drive and Black Mountain Range Road. This traffic switch is necessary to allow for construction to be undertaken on the eastern side of the new Cooroy northern interchange.

This switch will involve the following changed traffic conditions:

  • Northbound highway traffic will be diverted onto the new highway alignment just before Cudgerie Drive and travel over the new Cooroy northern interchange bridge before re-joining the existing highway just before Black Mountain Range Road.
  • Southbound highway traffic will be diverted onto the new highway alignment just after Black Mountain Range Road, traveling over the new Cooroy northern interchange bridge before re-joining the existing highway just after Cudgerie Drive.
  • Southbound highway traffic exiting to Cooroy and Noosa will be diverted via the existing highway just after Black Mountain Range Road (until April 2015).
  • To facilitate this traffic switch, the first half of the 2km northbound passing lane south of Black Mountain Range Road closed on 1 February 2015.
  • The speed limit through the diversion will be 80km/h.
  • The diversion will use only 2 lanes of the new alignment (1 lane in each direction) to allow for continued construction of the additional new highway lanes.

Traffic controllers, police and signage will be in place during these works and motorists are encouraged to slow down, drive carefully and follow the direction of traffic controls.

October 2014

Update on construction work between Cooroy southern interchange and Cudgerie Drive

Construction of contract 3 started in July 2014 with initial works involving building site offices, constructing site accesses, installing environmental controls, surveying and vegetation clearing.

Night works started in July 2014 to install roadside barriers next to the northbound highway lane between the Cooroy southern interchange and Cudgerie Drive. Vegetation clearing, barrier installation, median removal, asphalting and line marking continued throughout October. Bridge construction at Six Mile Creek is scheduled to commence in November 2014.

From mid-October to mid-November 2014, Holts Road will be reduced to one lane of operation for pavement works, asphalting and line marking for the new realigned section of Holts Road. Generally working hours will be from 6am to 6pm Monday to Saturday, however some night works may be required. Traffic controls including temporary traffic lights will be in place at all times to direct motorists. The new 450m section of road is expected to open to local traffic in late 2014, weather permitting.

Traffic changes at Cooroy southern interchange

Earthworks for the new northbound lanes are underway and traffic changes are occurring around the Cooroy southern interchange. As of late September 2014, northbound traffic now merges to one lane approximately 1km south of the current merge location and the existing added lane for the southbound on-ramp has changed to a standard highway on-ramp merge. A traffic switch will occur in early November 2014 involving northbound traffic shifting temporarily to share the existing southbound lanes, with single north and southbound traffic lanes in operation. To allow for works at the new highway overpass at the interchange, changed traffic conditions will apply at the Cooroy southern interchange connection road.

Update on construction work between Cudgerie Drive and Sankeys Road

Major earthworks continue to move 3 million cubic metres of earth for the new 7km section of highway between Cudgerie Drive and Sankeys Road. As of late September 2014, the contractor had moved around 2,050,000 cubic metres of earth, and is currently moving on average over 15,000 cubic metres of earth a day. All sub-structure work and girder placement has been completed at the Skyring Creek/Gardners Road overpass, with construction of the bridge deck and protective walls underway. 

Work on the major structures in the northern half of Section A is progressing ahead of schedule, with all sub-structure work and girder placement now complete at the new Skyring Creek/Gardners Road and Cooroy northern interchange bridges, and construction of the bridge decks and protective walls underway. The Cooroy northern interchange bridge is on track for completion in November 2014. Work has also started on the Reinforced Soil Structure walls at the Evan Thomas Road overpass (200m north of Andrews Road), with piling now completed and construction of abutments to commence in November.

Christmas closure

There will be a break in works from Saturday 20 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015.

For up-to-date information on road conditions and traffic reports, visit the Traffic and Travel Information website. Alternatively, the latest traffic information can be obtained by calling 13 19 40.

Project update flyers

Fact sheets

Protecting the environment

Industry briefing presentation (February 2013)

13/02/2013: Industry briefing presentation for Section A (Cooroy southern interchange to Sankeys Road)

Media statements

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Last updated
30 March 2016