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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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Construction updates

April 2017

Preliminary activities are scheduled between April and May 2017 across the project site to enable major construction works to commence. The following activities will be carried out in the lead up to major construction:

  • weed spraying and removal
  • vegetation trimming and removal
  • construction of site accesses
  • establishment of satellite offices near work zones
  • fencing and surveying
  • relocation of water, electricity and telecommunication services
  • installation of traffic barriers and other site controls
  • rock importation and dam filling
  • commencement of earthworks
  • drainage works. 

Activities will progressively roll out across the site from the southern to the northern end of the project area. In the first stages, the work zones will be adjacent to existing roads, with approximate locations shown in the maps below.

The preliminary activities will include:

Project team relocation to site

In early April, the project team will relocate to the main site compound at 120 Cresswell Road, Meridan Plains. Satellite offices are also established at 89 Tanawha Road, Tanawha and 572 Wilson Road, Tanawha.

Pavement repairs – Bruce Highway ramps (Caloundra Road and Sunshine Motorway interchanges) from 4 to 12 April 2017 between 8pm and 5am

The department will complete isolated pavement repairs on the Bruce Highway at the Caloundra Road and Sunshine Motorway interchanges. Ramp closures will be required and signed detours will be in place to assist motorists through the works. 

Night works are generally undertaken Sunday to Thursday from 8pm to 5am. Variable Message Signs will be deployed before works start.

Motorists should expect short delays in this area.

Temporary eastbound ramp closures – Sippy Downs interchange from 9 April 2017 for 2 nights between 8pm and 5am

Due to the proximity of the water main to the eastbound entry and exit ramps at Sippy Downs interchange, ramp closures will be required while detailed service location works are undertaken. Works on the entry and exit ramps will occur on 2 separate nights.

Signage will be in place to assist motorists through the works. Access to and from Tanawha Tourist Drive will be maintained via the signalised intersection on the northern side of the Sippy Downs interchange during the ramp closure.

Motorists should expect short delays in this area.

Removal of on-street parking – Pignata Road from 5am 18 April 2017

For the safety of motorists and construction workers, it is necessary to remove on-street parking on a small section of Pignata Road, between Greenhaven Drive and the Pignata Road underpass of the Bruce Highway. This will allow for construction to begin on a new car pool facility and work to occur on Pignata Road to provide safe access into and out of the facility. 

Parking will be removed from the remainder of Pignata Road once the new car pool facility is opened to the public and construction work moves into these areas. Construction of the car pool facility is expected to take approximately 6 months to complete.

The no on-street parking arrangements will remain in place until construction is completed in late 2020, weather permitting.

Generally, day works are completed Monday to Friday from 6am to 6pm. 

Please note the above works are subject to change due to weather and other site conditions. 


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
12 April 2017