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Bruce Highway Maroochydore Road to Mons Road

Overview:

The Department of Transport and Main Roads has recently updated its previously preferred option for future upgrades to the Maroochydore Road and Mons Road interchanges on the Bruce Highway near Forest Glen. A business case is currently being developed to seek funding for the delivery of the associated infrastructure works. This business case investigation does not include any changes to the current provision of 4 traffic lanes (2 each way) on the Bruce Highway at this location. The consulting firm, WSP, is also undertaking a separate strategic assessment of future upgrade needs (including 6 laning) for the Bruce Highway between the Sunshine Motorway and Maroochydore Road interchanges.

Location:

Bruce Highway – Maroochydore Road interchange to just south of the Mons Road interchange at Forest Glen.

Completion:

A business case is expected to be finalised in late 2017. Timing for construction of priority upgrades will be determined once planning is finalised.

Funding:

$7.5 million funding (80% Australian Government and 20% Queensland Government) includes allocations for the Maroochydore Road and Mons Road Interchange upgrades and also the separate strategic assessment of future upgrade needs for the Bruce Highway between the Sunshine Motorway and Maroochydore Road interchanges.

Project info

Preferred option for future upgrade

The department has released a preferred option for a future upgrade of the Maroochydore Road/Nambour Connection Road and Mons Road interchanges in July 2016. This previously preferred option has been updated recently following further detailed planning. Community feedback is now being sought by 21 July 2017 on the updated preferred option.

View the layout of the updated preferred option

Key features of the updated preferred option include:

  • a new 4-lane, eastbound bridge over the Bruce Highway
  • traffic signals at the Maroochydore Road/Nambour Connection Road roundabout
  • connecting the Mons Road and Maroochydore Road interchanges via service roads east and west of the Bruce Highway
  • relocating the northbound off ramp at Mons Road further south to remove the safety issue where the existing ramp crosses Chevallum Road
  • reconfiguring the interchange ramps to meet current standards and eliminate the current safety issue associated with weaving between the closely spaced interchanges.
  • a roundabout at the intersection of Rainforest and Chevallum Roads to improve safety and efficiency and to accommodate the relocated Bruce Highway off ramp.

Benefits of the updated preferred option include:

  • improved efficiency and capacity of the transport network
  • the ability to address current and emerging safety issues
  • separation of local and regional traffic, which will improve safety and efficiency.

Business case

Funding has been allocated to develop a business case for the future upgrade of the Maroochydore Road and Mons Road interchanges along with service roads east and west of the Bruce Highway.

The business case will outline the priority, affordability and a value-for-money assessment of the ultimate preferred option, which will assist in progressing final funding approvals for the proposed upgrade. This business case will not investigate changes to the current provision of 4 traffic lanes on the Bruce Highway at this location.

Strategic assessment - Bruce Highway (Sunshine Motorway to Maroochydore Road)

Funding has also been allocated to undertake a strategic assessment of upgrade needs for the stretch of the Bruce Highway between the Sunshine Motorway and Maroochydore Road interchanges.

Next steps

A business case is currently being developed to seek funding for the delivery of the infrastructure works to upgrade the Maroochydore Road and Mons Road interchanges. This business case is expected to be finalised by late 2017. Timing for construction of the associated priority upgrade works will be subject to the business case recommendations being approved by relevant State and Commonwealth government agencies.

WSP will prepare a separate report on the strategic assessment of future upgrade needs for the Bruce Highway between the Sunshine Motorway and Maroochydore Road interchanges. This report is also expected to be finalised by the end of 2017.

Contact info

Email: northcoast@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone: 5451 7055 
Post:

Bruce Highway (Maroochydore Road to Mons Road)
Department of Transport and Main Roads
PO Box 1600
Sunshine Plaza Post Shop
Maroochydore  Qld  4558

Community info

Community information sessions were held on 28 June 2017 and 1 July 2017. The community is invited to provide feedback on the proposed design for the future upgrade by 21 July 2017. Feedback can be provided by contacting the project team by:

Email: northcoast@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone: 5451 7055 

To receive updates about this project, please register your contact details by emailing northcoast@tmr.qld.gov.au or phone the project team on 5451 7055.

Last updated
11 July 2017