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Bruce Highway Upgrade (Cooroy to Curra): Section A (Cooroy southern interchange to Sankeys Road)


The $490 million Section A project is a new 13.5km, 4-lane divided highway between the existing interchange south of Cooroy and the new section of highway in Federal (near Sankeys Road). It is part of the Bruce Highway (Cooroy to Curra) Upgrade.


Bruce Highway between the Cooroy southern interchange and Sankeys Road.


Major construction commenced on Section A in July 2013 with the new highway opened to traffic in late April 2017. The entire Section A project was completed in May 2017.


The new highway meets capacity and efficiency demands for long-term road freight and transport needs in the region. It also supports safe, high-speed travel and has improved access to regional townships.

North Coast Region

Project info

The $490 million Section A construction project was fast-tracked by the Australian and Queensland governments under a 50/50 funding arrangement to ensure the Bruce Highway remained a priority for the state.

The new 13.5km, 4-lane divided highway opened to traffic on 28 April 2017 between the existing interchange south of Cooroy and the recently completed section of highway in Federal (near Sankeys Road) and was completed 5 May 2017. It was delivered in 3 construction contracts, including:

  • Contract 1B: Upgrading Black Mountain Range Road - realignment of an 800m section of Black Mountain Range Road and construction of an overpass over the new highway to maintain the connection to the existing highway. This contract started July 2013 and was completed in April 2014. The successful contractor for Contract 1B was Hazell Bros Group Pty Ltd.
  • Contract 2: Upgrading the highway between Cudgerie Drive and Sankeys Road - construction of just over 7km of new 4-lane highway, a new all-movements interchange north of Cooroy and new bridges over Skyring Creek and Gardners Road as well as Evan Thomas Road. This contract started in November 2013 and was completed in May 2016. The successful contractor for Contract 2 was Bielby Holdings Pty Ltd.
  • Contract 3: Upgrading the highway between Cooroy southern interchange and Cudgerie Drive - construction of 6km of new northbound lanes to duplicate the existing Cooroy bypass, rehabilitation of the existing highway to provide two southbound lanes, upgrade of the existing Cooroy southern interchange and new bridges over Six Mile Creek. The construction contract was awarded to Lend Lease Engineering Pty Ltd. Work commenced in July 2014 and was completed in May 2017.

Map of construction contracts

Section A (Cooroy southern interchange to Sankeys Road): construction contracts map

Map of the Section A project and interchanges

Section A (Cooroy southern interchange to Sankeys Road): overall map and interchanges

Section A full length aerial layout

Section A (Cooroy southern interchange to Sankeys Road): full length aerial layout

Consultants GHD Pty Ltd administered the delivery of the entire Section A project.

Contact details

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

* Free call from anywhere in Australia. Charges may apply for calls from mobile phones or pay phones.

Community info

Ongoing engagement and consultation was carried out with the wider community, local government, key stakeholders and businesses throughout the Section A project.

A planning option was identified for Section A and presented at public displays in 2008. As a result of community feedback and further detailed planning, this option was refined.

Initially, the Cooroy northern interchange was located near Cudgerie Drive to provide convenient access to the new highway for nearby communities. However, following community feedback and further investigations into potential social impacts, the interchange location was changed to halfway between Cudgerie Drive and Black Mountain Range Road. This location minimised impacts on nearby communities and still allowed for an efficient, high-capacity interchange that would link in well with local roads and was convenient for road users to access.

The recommended option for the Section A project, including the new Cooroy northern interchange location, was displayed to the public in November 2011. This was met with positive feedback and minor changes were made to the design to create the final layout for the project.

The department maintained close contact with property owners and residents in close proximity to the Section A project and other key stakeholders to keep them informed on the progress of construction work.

Construction Environment Management Plan

The Construction Environment Management Plan (CEMP) for the Giant Barred Frog (Mixophyes iteratus) and the Mary River Cod (Maccullochella mariensis) for Section A was approved by the Federal Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities on 1 August 2012.

The CEMP outlined measures the department and its contractors would take to mitigate construction impacts on habitat for these species.

Last updated
15 July 2016