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Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway

Overview:

This project involves an 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 between Steve Irwin Way and Tanawha Tourist Drive.

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:

Preliminary construction is expected to start in late 2016 in preparation for major construction in mid-2017. Construction is expected to be completed in late 2020, weather permitting. 

Benefits:

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.

Funding:

The Bruce Highway Upgrade—Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway is a $929.3 million project, 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.

Regions:
North Coast Region

Project info

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is pleased to announce that the Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture has been awarded the detailed design and construction contract for the Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway.

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. 

The department worked collaboratively with two contractors from November 2015 to March 2016 to develop their tenders under a double Early Contractor Involvement (dECI) process. Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture and The Infrastructure Group worked independently to prepare workable designs using the July 2015 revised preferred planning layout as a reference design. The interactive tender process has ensured the best value outcomes and most suitable design layout has been chosen for the project.

Project background

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 development in Palmview
  • reduction of the project footprint on the Beerwah State Forest. The reduction will mean that the impact on the forest will be contained to the east of the Mooloolah Cemetery and will no longer impact environmentally sensitive areas to the west
  • transformation of the existing Caloundra Road interchange into a Diverging Diamond Interchange. This innovative design will minimise the project footprint on Beerwah State Forest, while tackling congestion, enhancing capacity, improving safety, and providing active transport connections
  • 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 new roundabout at the Sunshine Motorway interchange as a secondary access to the western service road 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.

What's next?

Transport and Main Roads will meet with key project stakeholders in the coming weeks to discuss the design layout, with wider community engagement planned for later this year. 

Project timeline

Project timeline: Started dECI tender process (completed)

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
Department of Transport and Main Roads
North Coast District
PO Box 1600
Maroochydore Queensland 4558

Latest news

Project industry news

  • 16 September 2016: Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture awarded the detailed design and construction contract.  
  • 21 March 2016: Transport and Main Roads received tenders from Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture and The Infrastructure Group.  
  • 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 were shortlisted to submit proposals for the detailed design and construction of the Bruce Highway Upgrade—Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway.
  • 3 September 2015: Transport and Main Roads held a specific project industry briefing where the Expression of Interest for the double Early Contractor Involvement process commenced.

Environmental news and meetings

Last updated
21 September 2016