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Bruce Highway Upgrade - Cooroy to Curra


This project involves a 62km realignment and upgrade of the Bruce Highway to 4 lanes between Cooroy and Curra, and is among Queensland's highest priority road projects. 

It aims to improve safety, flood resilience, and capacity along the highway between Brisbane and Cairns, and is among Queensland's highest priority road projects. It is designed to meet strategic transport needs of the Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions well into the future.


For construction purposes the project is being delivered in 4 sections:


Section A

  • Work on Section A started in July 2013 and was completed in May 2017.

Section B (constructed first for safety reasons)

  • Work started on Section B in July 2009 and the project was completed in December 2012.

Section C

  • Work on Section C started in March 2016 and was completed in  February 2018.

Section D

  • The Detailed Design for the project is complete and the project is preparing for delivery. See the Section D dedicated project webpage for more information.

This upgrade will improve safety, flood resilience and capacity and separate long distance traffic from local traffic to allow the highway to function as a high-speed, high-volume corridor.

  • Section A: construction $490 million (one off 50:50 federal and state funding split)
  • Section B: construction $513 million (80:20 federal and state funding split)
  • Section C: construction $384.24 million (80:20 federal and state funding split)
  • Section D: construction $1 billion (80:20 federal and state funding split)
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Project info

In 2004, the department commenced the Bruce Highway - Cooroy to Curra Strategic Planning Study. The study identified a proposed corridor for the highway between Cooroy and Curra 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. 

For construction, the Cooroy to Curra project was split into the four sections (A, B, C and D) with TMR progressively delivering sections A to C over the past 10 years. Four lanes of new divided highway now stretch from the Cooroy southern interchange to the Woondum interchange, just south of Gympie.

With the completion of Section D and the entire 62kms motorists will benefit from improved safety, flood immunity and capacity on the Bruce Highway.

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 commenced on Section A in July 2013 and was completed in May 2017. Construction commended on Section C in early 2016 and was completed in February 2018.

Further information about sections A, B and C of the Bruce Highway – Cooroy to Curra Upgrade is available via the following links:

Section D

The corridor for the 26km new highway runs east of the city of Gympie, close to the railway line until Old Maryborough Road at Corella. It then travels 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 began in May 2016 and is now complete.

Joint funding of $1billion has been provided in an 80:20 funding split (Australian Government $800 million and Queensland Government $200 million) to progress the project to delivery. 

Community info

Community engagement played a vital part in the development of the corridor for the Bruce Highway Upgrade - Cooroy to Curra. TMR undertook extensive engagement with the local community during strategic planning that included committee meetings, public displays, information sessions, meetings with project stakeholders and distribution of maps and newsletters.

Consultation with stakeholders has occurred during the design and construction phases for each of the four sections that make up the Cooroy to Curra project.

TMR welcomes feedback on the project and will continue to engage stakeholders throughout the delivery of Cooroy to Curra – Section D.

Detailed maps of Bruce Highway Upgrade (Cooroy to Curra)

Bruce Highway Upgrade (Cooroy to Curra): key plan Click the map on the right-hand side to view the key plan of the Cooroy to Curra corridor.

Contact Details

Phone 1800 180 566
Post Reply Paid 64
Bruce Highway Upgrade - Cooroy to Curra
PO Box 183
Gympie QLD 4570


Last updated
09 July 2020