The Bruce Highway Upgrade (Cooroy to Curra) project involves a 62km upgrade and realignment of the Bruce Highway, including a bypass of Gympie, and is one of Queensland's highest priority road projects. The joint federal and state funded project will address the safety and traffic needs of the Bruce Highway well into the future.
This project has been the subject of extensive planning, design and construction by the department over a number of years.
In 2004, the department commenced the Bruce Highway - Cooroy to Curra Strategic Planning Study. The study identified a proposed corridor for the highway to provide a safe and efficient route in the longer-term, while minimising the impact on existing communities and the environment. The study also considered potential locations of interchanges linking to local roads.
The following highway sections were chosen for construction purposes:
Section A: Cooroy southern interchange to Sankeys Road.
Section B: Sankeys Road to Traveston Road.
Section C: Traveston to Woondum.
Section D: Woondum to Curra, including the Gympie bypass.
Sections A, B and C
Major construction commenced on Section B in September 2009 and the new section of the highway was opened to traffic in December 2012. Work also started on Section A in July 2013 and is expected to be finished in early 2017, weather permitting. Section C is the next to be constructed and work began in early 2016.
Further information about sections A, B and C of the Bruce Highway - Cooroy to Curra Upgrade is available via the following links:
This 26km highway section includes a bypass of Gympie with the corridor running east of the town, close to the railway line until Old Maryborough Road. It will then travel through the edge of Curra State Forest to minimise the impact on private land.
Preliminary planning commenced in March 2014 and was completed in early 2016. Detailed Design went out to tender in March 2016 to allow for work to begin in May 2016 and it is anticipated to be complete by late-2017 when a final design for Section D can be released to the community. Construction of Section D is still subject to funding.
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Bruce Highway Upgrade (Cooroy to Curra)
PO Box 183
Gympie QLD 4570