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Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway

Overview:

This project involves a 7km upgrade of the Bruce Highway between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway to 6-lanes, including major upgrades to both interchanges and the delivery of a service road for local traffic on the western side of the highway.

It is among Queensland's highest priority road projects and is designed to meet the strategic transport needs of the Sunshine Coast region in this area well into the future.

Location:

The Bruce Highway between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway on the Sunshine Coast.

Completion:

Construction is anticipated to commence late-2016 with completion of the upgrade likely to take about 4-years based on a dry weather schedule.

Benefits:

The upgrades will deliver critical safety benefits to motorists, improve efficiency and reduce traffic congestion, and ensure the highway can cater for future traffic growth. The speed limit on the upgraded highway will be returned to 110 km/hr.

Funding:

The Bruce Highway Upgrade—Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway project is a $1.134 billion project, funded on an 80:20 basis under the Infrastructure Investment Program with the Australian Government contributing $907.2 million and the Queensland Government contributing $226.8 million.

Regions:
North Coast Region

Project info

Project background

Revised preferred planning layout

A revised preferred planning layout for the Bruce Highway Upgrade—Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway project was released in July 2015. This layout is based on several years of planning and community consultation and has minor modifications to the preferred planning layout published in April 2013.

The department will now use the revised layout as a reference design in a double Early Contractor Involvement (dECI) process for the design and construction of the project. The revised layout will provide a flexible platform to allow for potential innovations and refinements to be made to the final design.

The contract process commenced on 3 September 2015, with the detailed design and construction contract award to be announced mid-2016.

Double Early Contractor Involvement (dECI) is generally a Design and Construct Procurement approach. It involves selecting 2 competing groups/consortia with each consortia usually consisting of a construction contractor and an engineering contractor. The 2 consortia further develop concept designs based on the project reference design. One of these groups is then selected to undertake detailed design and construction.

The contract model— provides a further avenue for potential engineering innovations to develop solutions to enhance the final design for the project whilst ensuring the best value for money.

View the revised planning layout.

Key features of the upgrade

The 2015 revised preferred planning layout is only slightly different from the 2013 layout and has the following changes:

  1. Bruce Highway northbound entry loop from Caloundra is replaced with a flyover entry ramp.
  2. Removal of the flyover exit ramps from the Bruce Highway to Steve Irwin Way (southbound) and Caloundra Road (northbound).

Other features in the revised preferred planning layout remain consistent with the 2013 preferred planning layout.

Bruce Highway/Sunshine Motorway interchange

  • New northbound loop connecting the Sunshine Motorway to the Bruce Highway.
  • Upgraded southbound ramps from the Bruce Highway to the Sunshine Motorway, and from the Sunshine Motorway to the Bruce Highway.
  • Construction of new bridges for the highway over the Sunshine Motorway.

Bruce Highway/Caloundra Road interchange

  • New entry and exit ramps between the Bruce Highway and Caloundra Road and Steve Irwin Way.
  • New 4-lane bridge over the highway with 6.5m high vehicle clearance.
  • Realignment of a section of Steve Irwin Way near the Mooloolah Cemetery and a new roundabout at the intersection with the western service road.

Western service road between Steve Irwin Way and Tanawha Tourist Drive

  • Extension of Frizzo Road to connect to Steve Irwin Way in the south and Tanawha Tourist Drive in the north.
  • Access to the Aussie World precinct off Frizzo Road, access to Glenview Road, Martin Road, Sippy Creek Road, Cunning Road and Wilson Road. The western service road will also provide access to Pignata Road, Laxton Road and Greenhaven Drive via an upgrade of the Pignata Road underpass, including new traffic signals.
  • Removal of the Frizzo Road northbound entry and exit ramps to the Bruce Highway.
  • Removal of the Pignata Road southbound entry and exit ramps to the Bruce Highway.
  • Connection of Wilson Road to Cunning Road and removal of the Wilson Road intersection with the Bruce Highway northbound exit ramp to the Sunshine Motorway.

Access to the western service road and Aussie World precinct

Investigations were undertaken as part of the review of the draft plan into providing direct highway access to the Aussie World precinct. The department does not envisage any upgrade scenario where all 4 of the 190 exit ramps would remain. The ramps do not meet minimum highway standards in relation to distances between on ramps and to allow sufficient distance for merging and weaving manoeuvres.

The current distance between the Caloundra Road interchange and the Pignata Road on ramp, and both of the Frizzo Road ramps, do not comply with current highway design standards. While the southbound Pignata Road off ramp meets certain standards, there are concerns with the operation and safety of this section of highway in relation to weaving manoeuvres, the future Palmview connection road and the businesses located in the Pignata Road area. The contract process the department is undertaking will encourage the successful contractor to consider what options might be available to retain the southbound Pignata Road off ramp.

Access currently provided via the Pignata Road and Frizzo Road on and off ramps will be provided via a new service road on the western side of the highway. The western service road will be designed to separate highway traffic from local traffic and will provide full connectivity for traffic heading north and south to the Bruce Highway, as well as to the Sunshine Motorway and to the eastern side of the highway via an upgraded Pignata Road underpass.

Transport and Main Roads will ensure access to all business is maintained both during and after construction of the upgrade. The current exit numbering system on the Bruce Highway will remain to assist motorists to reach their end destination. The department will also maintain advanced direction signage for the Aussie World precinct on the Bruce Highway northbound and southbound.

Access for the future Palmview Estate

The department has been liaising with Sunshine Coast Council and the developer about provision for a proposed connection from Palmview Estate to the western service road via the Pignata Road underpass. Any future connection will be the developer’s responsibility.

Widening the Bruce Highway

The Bruce Highway will be reconstructed to provide 6 lanes between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway, with provision for 8 lanes in the future. The speed limit on the upgraded highway will be returned to 110 km/hr, and immunity will be provided from a 1-in-100 year flood event.

Design constraints

The revised preferred planning layout takes into consideration a number of geographic constraints including the location of the Mooloolah Cemetery, the National Park on the north western side and the Mooloolah River flood plain on the eastern side of the interchange. The upgrade will not impact on the National Park and ‘high-value’ environmental land immediately to the north-west of the Caloundra Road interchange.

Other constraints include the need to keep the Bruce Highway functioning at a satisfactory level during construction, the high volume of traffic moving through the interchanges, as well as the incorporation of improved engineering standards and specifications.

Delivery of the upgrade

The revised preferred planning layout will be used as a reference design in the contract process for the design and construction of the project. This means the revised layout will provide a flexible platform to allow for potential innovations and refinements to be made to the design.

Through the contract process, Transport and Main Roads will encourage contractors to look into alternate layouts for the Caloundra Road interchange to try and further reduce impacts on the Beerwah State Forest and optimise access to the western service road, as well as providing best value for money for the upgrade project.

The revised layout set the outermost boundaries for the upgrade corridor such that there will be no further impacts to property beyond these boundaries.

The contract process commenced on 3 September 2015 with the department expected to award the detailed design and construction contract in mid-2016. At this stage it is likely construction will commence late-2016 with completion of the upgrade anticipated to take about 4 years based on a dry weather schedule.

Key project milestones

Moving into the double Early Contractor Involvement (dECI) process, due to the competing nature of the contract, there will be some restrictions on the information Transport and Main Roads can update for the community. We will continue to liaise with stakeholders and look for opportunities to provide information on the progress of the project.

Milestones for the double Early Contractor Involvement process:

3 September 2015 Expression of Interest released
1 October 2015 Expression of Interest closed
30 October 2015 shortlisted tenderers notified
4 November 2015 Stage 1 commenced
21 March 2016 Stage 1 closed
Mid-2016 Award of contract
Late-2016 Expected start of construction
Late-2020 Expected completion of construction

Contact details

For further information about the project, please contact the project team:

Phone: 1800 749 022
Email: brucehwycr2sm@tmr.qld.gov.au
Post: Bruce Highway Upgrade–Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway project
Department of Transport and Main Roads
North Coast District
PO Box 1600
Maroochydore Queensland 4558

Latest news

Environmental news

27 April 2016: revised Preliminary Documentation has been released for public information

Project industry news

  • 21 March 2016: Transport and Main Roads has received tenders from Fulton/Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture and The Infrastructure Group. The department has commenced its review of the tenders and expects to award the contract in mid-2016. 
  • 4 November 2015: Transport and Main Roads announced the shortlisted tenderers for the double Early Contractor Involvement (dECI) process. Fulton Hogan/Seymour Whyte Joint Venture and The Infrastructure Group have been shortlisted to submit proposals for the detailed design and construction of the Bruce Highway Upgrade—Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway project. These contractors have until late March 2016 to prepare and present their offer, with an award of contract expected in mid-2016.
  • 3 September 2015: Transport and Main Roads held a specific project industry briefing where the Expression of Interest for the double Early Contractor Involvement (dECI) process commenced. View the Caloundra Road Interchange to Sunshine Motorway: project briefing.
  • 13 August 2015: Transport and Main Roads held a North Coast and Wide Bay/Burnett Regional Industry Briefing. Current and future major projects in the region were presented with this project a major feature. View the presentation on the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program page.

Environmental news and meetings

Last updated
23 May 2016