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Bruce Highway / Pumicestone interchange upgrade


Upgrade of the existing Pumicestone Road interchange on the Bruce Highway, north-east of Caboolture


Pumicestone Road interchange, on the Bruce Highway north-east of Caboolture.


Construction reached practical completion in March 2016.

  • Improved freight safety and efficiency through the new overpass allowing high-load vehicles to remain on the highway without having to detour via the interchange ramps.
  • Improved access to and from the highway via the safer upgraded interchange ramps.
  • Greater sight visibility and greater protection for turning movements at ramp intersections.
  • Enhanced capacity of the interchange to cater for traffic growth and future development in the area.
  • Improved pedestrian and cyclist provisions.

$88.85m ($87.26m Australian Government, $1.59m Queensland Government).

North Coast Region

Project info

Major construction began in July 2013 to upgrade the Pumicestone Road interchange, north-east of Caboolture.  

The upgrade was part of the federal government’s $195 million commitment to upgrade interchanges on the Bruce Highway between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

The Pumicestone Road interchange includes:

  • a new 6.5m high 2-lane overpass over the highway with pedestrian and cyclist facilities 
  • upgraded entry and exit ramps to provide safer access to and from the highway
  • upgraded ramp and local road intersections to improve sight distance and provide safer turning movements
  • relocation of Old Toorbul Point Road and Rutters Road to the east along state forest boundary
  • an interchange layout compatible with future upgrades and capable of catering for growth.

The major construction contract was awarded to Acciona Infrastructure Australia Pty Ltd in early May 2013, the first sod was turned in July 2013 and construction commenced soon after.

The new bridge was built on the northern side of the former bridge, over the Bruce Highway, for ease of construction and to reduce the slope of the northbound off-ramp.

To address the safety issues related to the proximity of the ramps to local road intersections, Old Toorbul Point Road and Rutters Road (adjacent to the Bruce Highway) were closed and realigned to the east. Both remaining sections of Rutters Road and Old Toorbul Point Road have been cul-de-sacked to maintain access to existing properties.

Construction reached practical completion in March 2016.


The former Pumicestone Road bridge over the Bruce Highway was constructed in 1971. At the time it was among the largest bridges of its kind in south-east Queensland.

In 1999, the bridge was named in honour of Nev Nichols, a former Transport and Main Roads engineer and the bridge foreman who supervised its construction.

The former bridge was demolished in early 2015 and the new bridge remains known as Nev Nichols Bridge.

Contact details

Phone: 07 5451 7055
Fax: 07 5451 7098
Post: Pumicestone Road Interchange Upgrade
Department of Transport and Main Roads
PO Box 1600
Maroochydore Qld 4558

Traffic info

Pumicestone Road interchange: map

Community info

Community engagement

We consulted with key stakeholders and the community in 2009 and 2010. Feedback from stakeholders helped shape the final design for the upgrade of the Pumicestone Road interchange project. We will continue to keep the community informed on the progress of the project.

Latest news

The newly constructed northbound off ramp, located approximately 30m before the previous northbound off ramp, was opened to motorists on Thursday 14 January 2016. The previous northbound off ramp has been closed to traffic and work to deconstruct it has commenced.

Last updated
11 July 2017