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Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway


The project involves upgrading the Bruce Highway to 6-lanes between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway. This includes major upgrades to both interchanges and the delivery of a two way service road for local traffic on the western side of the highway between Steve Irwin Way and Tanawha Tourist Drive.


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


Construction is expected to be completed in late 2020, weather permitting.


The upgrade 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.


The project is funded on an 80/20 basis under the Infrastructure Investment Program with the Australian Government contributing $743.4 million and the Queensland Government contributing $185.9 million.

North Coast Region

Project info

The Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway is among Queensland's highest priority road projects. The upgrade will provide vital community infrastructure and is designed to meet the strategic transport needs of the Sunshine Coast region in this area well into the future.

The upgrade is vital for the continued development of the Sunshine Coast and with its increased capacity, the highway will provide safer and more efficient travel for commuters and industry along this stretch. The upgrade will separate long distance traffic from local traffic movements, allowing the highway to function as a high-speed, high-volume corridor. It will also cater for a 1% AEP (annual exceedance probability) flood event; that is, a flood event which occurs on average once in 100 years.

Key features of the design layout

Design layout (September 2016)

  • Provision of a revised southbound exit from the Bruce Highway to Pignata Road. The new exit ramp will meet current design standards and provide a safe and direct access to local businesses and residences, as well as a future connection to the Harmony development in Palmview.
  • Reduction of the project footprint on the Beerwah State Forest.
  • Transformation of the existing Caloundra Road interchange into a Diverging Diamond Interchange.
  • Removal of the intersection on the Bruce Highway northbound exit ramp to the Sunshine Motorway near Wilson Road. The intersection will be replaced with new free-flowing, grade separated ramps to significantly improve safety for northbound motorists exiting and entering the Bruce Highway.
  • Inclusion of a secondary access to the western service road at the Sunshine Motorway interchange for northbound traffic on the Bruce Highway.
  • Provision of a direct access to the Sippy Downs interchange from the western service road for local traffic.
  • Retainment of all access ramps between the Sippy Downs interchange and the Sunshine Motorway.
  • Provision of new active transport infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians as well as new car pool and bus stop facilities.

The project team will continue to refine the design layout as detailed design progresses.

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What's next?

Detailed design work is underway to prepare a final design for construction. Preliminary construction activities have commenced in preparation for major construction to start in mid-2017.

Site compound establishment

The main site compound will be located south-east of the Caloundra Road interchange, with additional lay-down areas, stockpile sites and satellite compounds located along the length of the work zone. Establishment of the main site compound and other enabling works will continue in early 2017.

Work zones

It is important to note that when major construction commences, there will be multiple work zones established along the length of the project. The contractor will be undertaking works in all areas of the project footprint simultaneously in order to deliver the project on time.

What to expect in the coming months:

  • Night works: if required, will generally be undertaken Sunday to Thursday between 7pm and 5am.
  • Reduced speed limits and other traffic management devices: will be in place throughout the project footprint.
  • Geotechnical and pavement investigations: will be undertaken in multiple locations throughout the project footprint to inform detailed planning for construction.
  • Demolition works: removal of buildings to allow for construction.
  • Electricity, water and communications: detailed design and relocation of services.

For more information on current and upcoming works, please see construction updates.

Project timeline

Project timeline: Started dECI tender process (completed)

Project history

Contact details

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Phone: 1800 749 022*
Post: Bruce Highway Upgrade–Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway
Department of Transport and Main Roads
North Coast District
PO Box 1600
Maroochydore Queensland 4558
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Latest news

Construction updates

March 2017

Preliminary construction works are continuing in preparation for major construction to begin in mid-2017.

Intermittent night works will be carried out from Sunday 5 March until end March 2017 for pavement and service location investigations. The works will be undertaken at multiple locations between Glenview, Tanawha and Sippy Downs. This schedule is subject to change due to weather and other site conditions.

For safety and traffic management reasons, these works will be undertaken at night, Sunday to Thursday, from 7pm to 5am, and will include single lane closures on the Sunshine Motorway and Bruce Highway with reduced speed limits.

Other preliminary construction activities will continue to take place during the day, including the establishment of site compounds and minor earthworks.

December 2016

Preliminary construction has commenced in preparation for major construction to begin in mid-2017.

Night works are scheduled to commence from Monday 5 December 2016 and will continue until late January 2017. A Christmas shut down period will apply.

Generally, day works are completed Monday to Friday from 6am to 6pm. Night works will be undertaken Sunday to Thursday from 7pm to 5am. 

Activities planned during day and night works for December 2016 include:

  • Geotechnical and pavement investigation will be undertaken in multiple locations throughout the project footprint. Investigations using both bore holes and test pits will inform further detailed planning for construction.
  • Some vegetation trimming and removal will be required at the Caloundra Road interchange, Sunshine Motorway interchange and along the Bruce Highway. This includes areas adjacent to the Beerwah State Forest which are now formally part of the project footprint. 
  • Installation of new roadside signage on the Bruce Highway northbound near the Aussie World precinct. Flashing signs are being installed to provide advance warning of queued traffic ahead.
  • Stockpile establishment and carting of materials near the Caloundra Road and Sunshine Motorway interchanges to provide materials for site establishment.
  • Site preparation works for the main site compound in the south-east corner of the Caloundra Road interchange. This includes vegetation trimming clearing and removal, and minor earthworks.
  • Building demolition works will commence to allow for construction to begin. A licensed asbestos removalist has been engaged to remove contaminated materials. 

November 2016

Detailed design work is now underway to prepare a final design for construction.

Preliminary construction activities including survey work, inspections and monitoring are being undertaken between November 2016 and end of January 2017.

Activities include:

  • Survey: Survey and set-out of property boundaries.
  • Service location works: Survey and investigation works to identify and locate underground services (electricity, water and communications).
  • Ecological survey: Surveys required by project approvals, including pre-clearing inspection and weed audit in preparation for geotechnical investigations and site establishment.
  • Weed management and minor vegetation clearing: Minor vegetation clearing to allow for access to test sites for geotechnical investigations. Prior to clearing, weed control will be undertaken.
  • Geotechnical and pavement investigations: Commencement of investigations (using bore holes and test pits) within the road alignment.
  • Environmental monitoring/inspections: Commencement of monitoring for baseline and/or pre-construction data.
  • Noise monitoring: Monitoring at various locations within the project zone to contribute to the baseline noise survey.
  • Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) survey: Survey of the areas surrounding the Mooloolah Cemetery to identify the presence or absence of previous ground disturbance. This will involve some minor clearing of grass and leafy debris to establish the survey area.
  • Demolition works: Removal of buildings to allow for construction.
  • Site establishment: Preparation works for establishment of the main site compound in the south-east corner of the Caloundra Road interchange.

Where possible, work is being carried out during the day however for safety and traffic management reasons some work must be carried out at night when traffic volumes are low. Night works are expected to commence in early December 2016.


Construction notices

Environmental news and meetings

The department has been liaising with key stakeholders and the Queensland and Australian Governments to discuss environmental issues, share information and ensure legislative requirements are met and, where possible, exceeded.

Through this consultation, many aspects of environmental management have been considered in the design layout and will be included in construction methods for the project.

Last updated
13 March 2017