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Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway

Overview:

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.

Location:

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

Completion:

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 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.

Regions:
North Coast Region

Project info

The Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway 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.

Design innovation

The project team has been progressing the project’s detailed design in preparation for major construction work. As part of the detailed design process, the following key innovations have been made to improve the September 2016 design layout:

  • At the Sunshine Motorway interchange, the western service road proposed roundabout has been replaced with a signalised intersection to improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. A new intersection will also be provided at Cunning and Wilson roads for local access.
  • A revised bridge structure will be constructed on the Bruce Highway at the Sunshine Motorway interchange to provide an improved design that allows for future upgrades and reduces the number of major traffic changes required during construction.

Other design innovations include upgrading the southbound exit from the Bruce Highway to Caloundra Road and Steve Irwin Way to 2 lanes, and providing for buses at a new car pool facility next to Pignata Road for future events in the area. 

These design improvements are captured in the May 2017 design layout.

The project’s design will continue to evolve as construction progresses to provide maximum benefit to the community and motorists.

Investigations will continue into other design elements such as improved pedestrian access at the Sippy Downs interchange, including the construction of a pedestrian/cycle bridge on the eastern side of the interchange.

Key features of the design layout

Design layout (May 2017)

  • 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.

What's next?

The first sod was turned on 18 May 2017 to mark the start of major construction. The project’s design will continue to evolve as construction progresses to provide maximum benefit to the community and motorists.

Major construction

Over the next couple of months, the contractor, Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture, will initially focus on constructing in areas adjacent to existing roads however motorists should expect a number of changed traffic conditions including speed reductions on the Bruce Highway, Sunshine Motorway, Caloundra Road and Steve Irwin Way. This also includes changed traffic conditions, such as temporary lane closures, on surrounding local roads.

Works will be completed during the day whenever possible. Due to the nature of the works and the proximity to live traffic, some activities will need to be completed at night when traffic volumes are lower. This will ensure the safety of motorists and workers. 

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

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

Project timeline

Project timeline

Project history

Contact details

Free SMS and email update service

Subscribe to the free SMS and email update service to receive updates about project activities and construction work. 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
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Latest news

Construction updates

September 2017

Roadside barrier installation

Temporary ramp closures are required for minor road shoulder widening and installation of roadside barriers.
For the safety of road users and road workers, a safe distance between traffic and the construction works zone must be maintained at all times. 

To ensure a safe work environment, temporary ramp closures will be required at the Caloundra Road, Sunshine Motorway and Sippy Downs interchanges, and the Bruce Highway southbound exit ramp to Pignata Road.

During the temporary ramp closures, signed detours will be in place.

The temporary ramp closures will be in effect during night works, when traffic volumes are lower, between late September and December 2017. This will ensure the safety of road users and roadworkers. Night working hours are from Sunday to Thursday, 7pm to 5am.
Subscribe to our free SMS update service for prior notification of each ramp closure.

Refer to construction notice CN15 for more information.

Speed reductions

Motorists will soon see the posted speed limit reduced within the project area on the Bruce Highway and Sunshine Motorway and surrounding routes such as Caloundra Road and Steve Irwin Way. These speed reductions will be in place until the upgrade is complete in late 2020, weather permitting. This will ensure the safety of road users and roadworkers while construction works are undertaken in close proximity to these roads.

Northern work zones

In the north, vegetation removal works will soon start on the eastern side of the Bruce Highway. Works will progressively move from the Pignata Road area north towards Sippy Downs. This will allow space to 6-lane the highway and upgrade the Sunshine Motorway. Around the Sippy Downs area, vegetation will be removed to allow for an upgrade to the Sippy Downs interchange and construction of the new southbound on-ramp from the interchange to the highway.

Vegetation removal works will also continue on the eastern side of the highway near Tanawha Road and on the temporary Wilson Road intersection, which will be relocated around 70m south of its existing location. This will allow for bridgeworks to progress at the Sunshine Motorway interchange.

Some of the vegetation removal works will be required to be undertaken at night for safety reasons due to their close proximity to the Bruce Highway and Sunshine Motorway. For more information about upcoming night works and construction activities near Tanawha Road, refer to construction notices CN16 and CN17.

Other upcoming construction activities in the northern works zone include:

Night works (Sunday to Thursday, 7pm to 5am)

  • Widening the shoulders of the Bruce Highway and Sunshine Motorway to provide for site accesses.
  • Line marking and installing roadside barriers along the highway and at the Sunshine Motorway and Sippy Downs interchanges, to maintain a safe distance between traffic and the construction work zones.

Day works (Monday to Saturday, 6am to 6pm)

  • Mulching activities will be carried out during the day to minimise disruption to residents.
  • Top soil stripping, embankment activities and major earthworks.
  • Bored piling works on the new bridge to the west of the Sunshine Motorway interchange.

It is important to note that these activities are dependent on weather conditions.

Southern work zones

In the south, vegetation removal activities have progressed, with works underway on the north-western side of Steve Irwin Way. Site accesses and emergency stopping bays are also being constructed in preparation for roadside barrier installation.

Construction of the car pool facility at Pignata Road is continuing and earthworks for construction of the new southbound Bruce Highway carriageway and exit ramp to Caloundra Road are underway.

Bridge construction has commenced at the Mooloolah River floodplain, with the piling rig mobilised to site in mid-September 2017. As part of the project, 9 new bridge structures will be built across the floodplain.

Works in the southern works zone will be completed during the day whenever possible. However due to the nature of the works and the proximity to traffic, some activities will need to be completed at night when traffic volumes are lower for safety reasons. 

We thank the local community for their patience and cooperation during this vital upgrade.

May 2017

Start of major construction 

Major construction commenced in May 2017 with multiple crews working in various construction zones across the project site. 

Over the next couple of months, the contractor, Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture, will initially focus on constructing in areas adjacent to existing roads however motorists should expect a number of changed traffic conditions including speed reductions on the Bruce Highway, Sunshine Motorway, Caloundra Road and Steve Irwin Way. This also includes changed traffic conditions, such as temporary lane closures, on surrounding local roads.

The following activities will continue to progressively roll out across the site from the southern to the northern end of the project area:

  • weed spraying and removal
  • vegetation removal including mulching and grinding
  • 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.

It is important to note that these activities are dependent on weather and other site conditions.

Works will be completed during the day whenever possible. Due to the nature of the works and the proximity to live traffic, some activities will need to be completed at night when traffic volumes are lower. This will ensure the safety of motorists and workers. 

Removal of on-street parking – Pignata Road

For the safety of motorists and construction workers, it was 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 has allowed for construction to begin on the new car pool facility and work to occur on Pignata Road to provide safe access into and out of the facility.

On-street 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. 

Publications

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
20 September 2017