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Bruce Highway (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 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 commenced 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 began in March 2016 and was completed in  February 2018.

Section D

  • The Detailed Design for the main alignment of Section D is complete and the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is finalising the design for auxiliary works. 
  • The project has received a construction funding commitment of $1 billion ($800 million Australian Government and $200 million Queensland Government). 
  • Pre-construction activities are underway in readiness for construction. These activities include removal of dwellings and structures that are directly within the corridor for the new highway, and liaison with public utility plant providers about the relocation of services such as electricity and phone lines. 
  • The corridor is expected to be cleared of houses, sheds and other structures by mid-2019, weather permitting. 
  • TMR will present the final design for the new highway to the community at public displays once consultation with property owners and all levels of government is complete. TMR will also be in a position to notify the community of the construction timeframes for the project at this time.

This upgrade will separate long distance from local traffic movements 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)
North Coast and Wide Bay-Burnett Region - Wide Bay-Burnett District, North Coast and Wide Bay-Burnett Region - North Coast District

Project info

The Bruce Highway Upgrade (Cooroy to Curra) project involves a 62km upgrade and realignment of the Bruce Highway, 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.


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 larger project was divided into 4 sections 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.

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. Delivery timeframes are being finalised.

Environmental documents

Contact details

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

Community info

Community engagement played a vital part in the development of the corridor for the Bruce Highway (Cooroy to Curra) Upgrade. 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 4 sections that make up the Bruce Highway (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.

Please note: Detailed maps 13–20 for Section D will be available in the coming months.

Last updated
31 July 2019