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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, including a bypass of Gympie, 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 phase began in May 2016 and the department is now finalising the design. The project has now received the full construction funding commitment of $1 billion ($800 million Australian Government and $200 million Queensland Government). The Wide Bay Burnett District is finalising a detailed program of works so that the final design can be released to the community, and procurement and delivery time frames can be identified.

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)
Wide Bay Burnett Region, North Coast Region

Project info

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 was completed in May 2017. Section C began 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

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 began in May 2016 and it is anticipated to be complete soon. Delivery time frames 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 has played a vital part in the development of a corridor for the Bruce Highway (Cooroy to Curra) Upgrade. Activities have included committee meetings, public displays, information sessions, meetings with project stakeholders, businesses, property owners and residents, distribution of maps and newsletters and other communication methods.

The SPS report recommended a proposed corridor for the project which was refined to incorporate community feedback.

The refined option was released publicly in August 2008 and further detailed planning, design and construction work has taken place since this time on each individual section of the project.

The department will continue to engage, consult and inform project stakeholders and the community throughout the project's progress.

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
10 August 2018