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Bruce Highway - Cooroy to Curra, Section C: Traveston to Woondum


The $384 million Section C project forms part of the Bruce Highway - Cooroy to Curra Upgrade. Section C has delivered a new 4-lane divided highway between Traveston and Woondum. The existing southern Bruce Highway access to Gympie has also been upgraded.


The Bruce Highway between Traveston and Woondum, south of Gympie.


An early package of safety works to upgrade the southern access to Gympie between Woondum and the Venardos Avenue intersection started in late July 2015 and was completed ahead of schedule in late March 2016.

Construction of the major works began in March 2016. Traffic was switched onto the new 10.5km 4-lane highway on 9 November 2017, to allow construction crews to safely work on the final connections between the old and new highways. All work on the project was completed in February 2018.


The new highway supports safe, high-speed travel and improved access to the local road network. It has been designed to  better meet capacity and efficiency demands for long-term road freight and transport needs in the region and provides a Q100 (1 in 100 year event) flood immunity.


$384.24 million ($76.84 million state, $307.4 million federal).

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Project info

The 10.5km Section C project has delivered a new, 4-lane divided highway on a new and improved alignment, to the east of the existing Bruce Highway between Traveston and Woondum, just south of Gympie.

New on and off-ramps have been constructed at Woondum connecting the new highway back into the existing highway. The new ramp connections have been designed to be upgraded to a full interchange in future to accommodate Section D: Woondum to Curra of the highway upgrade.

The existing Bruce Highway remains as an alternative route for local road users wishing to travel between Traveston and Gympie.
Key features of Section C include:

  • divided highway (4-lanes) on a new alignment between Traveston and Woondum
  • on and off ramps at Woondum to connect the new Bruce Highway to the existing Bruce Highway
  • major waterway crossing structures over Traveston Creek, Kybong Creek, Cobbs Gully and Jackass Creek
  • overpasses at Tandur Road and Woondum Road
  • upgrade of the existing highway between Woondum and Six Mile Creek rest area as part of a separate package of early works (refer Gympie southern access works below).

layout of Section C is available to download.

Gympie southern access works

The early works package to upgrade the highway between Woondum and Six Mile Creek Rest Area has been fast-tracked due to the pressing need to address safety concerns on this stretch of road.

Construction started in July 2015 and was expected to be complete by mid-2016, however construction contractor BMD completed works early. All work was finished in late-March 2016.

The existing highway was widened and a raised median installed to improve safety by separating opposing directions of traffic. Dedicated right and left-turn lanes were constructed at the Keefton Road and Six Mile Creek rest area intersections. Protected entry lanes for north and southbound traffic will improve access to the Gold Nugget service station.

Funding was also secured under the Safer Roads Sooner program to upgrade the Bruce Highway and Venardos Avenue intersection at the same time. The work involved constructing protected left and right-turn lanes from the highway into Venardos Avenue industrial estate to separate through and turning traffic, and to improve visibility for motorists entering the highway from the estate. Lighting was also installed at the intersection to improve visibility and safety at night.

layout of the southern access works is available to download. 

Project background

Since 2008 when a planning option for Section C was endorsed as part of the Strategic Planning Study, the project underwent further engineering and environmental investigations resulting in changes to the previously announced scope of works.

The new highway alignment was constructed to the west of the power line easement between Tandur and Woondum roads, and resulted in reduced costs, no impacts to the power line easement or infrastructure and a smaller environmental footprint.

A new interchange at Woondum has been constructed south of the original location to improve versatility for future expansion to an ultimate interchange configuration when Section D (the Gympie bypass) is constructed.

For further background, including information about the Bruce Highway (Cooroy to Curra) Strategic Planning Study, visit our Bruce Highway (Cooroy to Curra) page.

Key project milestones

July 2015 Construction started on the Gympie southern access works
October 2015 Commenced tendering process for major works (new highway)
Early 2016 Awarded major works contract to CPB Contractors

Started construction of major works

Completed early works
November 2017  Highway opened to traffic
February 2018 Complete major works


Contact details

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

Community info

View a flythrough of Cooroy to Curra Section C

Interesting facts and figures

Latest news

  • February 2018 – project completion
    In mid-February all work on the Section C project was complete. Since the new highway was opened to traffic in November 2017, finalisation work continued into the New Year. The finishing touches are now fully complete.
    Section C - Traveston to Woondum

    Section C - Traveston to Woondum

  • February 2018 – Final Project Update
    View the final February 2018 Project Update for Section C.

  • November 2017 — new highway opens
    On 9 November 2017, the 10.5km new 4-lane highway was opened to traffic. Motorists travelling between Gympie and the Sunshine Coast are now enjoying a faster, safer journey. Work on the $384.2 million project is still underway, and motorists will encounter some roadwork zones and speed reductions at each end of the new highway, where it connects back to the existing highway. These works will continue for several weeks with the entire project expected to be complete well ahead of schedule in early 2018.

  • February 2017 — pavement works have begun
    On 20 February 2017, a major milestone had been reached on the Section C project with pavement works underway on the main alignment.

  • December 2016 project update
    The Section C construction project is progressing on schedule. The project has achieved a number of milestones since work began in March 2016, including completion of more than 90% of the bulk earthworks. View the full December 2016 project update, for more information about progress on Section C and upcoming construction activity. 
    Overhead photo of a construction site
  • October 2016 – Bridge girders placed on first of 13 bridges
    October saw the first of the bridges start to take shape with the installation of massive concrete girders on 2 new bridges over Traveston Creek. The transport and installation of bridge components is an intricate and challenging task, requiring a great deal of planning and coordination. The Traveston Creek bridges are 85m in length and feature 33 concrete girders placed across 3 spans. The girder installation process takes approximately 6 days to complete for each bridge and requires a 500 tonne dual crane lift and a 350 tonne all terrain mobile crane. Now that the Traveston bridge girder installation is complete, installation will move south along the remaining bridges including at Tandur Road, Kybong Creek, Cobbs Gully, Jackass Creek and Woonum Road overpass.

 traveston bridge girder

  • March 2016 – Sod turning event
    On Tuesday 8 March, Section C project site officially turned the first sod.
  • February 2016 – Major works contract awarded
    CPB Contractors were awarded the contract for the Section C major works.
  • November 2015 – Major works contractors shortlisted. Four contractors were shortlisted to proceed to the second stage of tendering for the Section C major works contract.
  • September 2015 – Major works tenders called
    The department commenced the first stage of a 2-stage tender process for the major works contract for Section C, by calling for Expressions of Interest on 30 September 2015. Pre-qualified contractors were invited to register their interest by submitting details of their experience and capabilities in major infrastructure projects, with a focus on strong environmental management and performance. Successful contractors were invited to participate in the second stage which involved a price component. The 2-stage approach ensured contractors were shortlisted initially based on performance and capabilities, rather than an ability to deliver the project for the lowest cost
Last updated
22 January 2019