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Bruce Highway safety barriers: Beerburrum to Cooroy

Overview:

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is installing roadside safety barriers on the Bruce Highway between Beerburrum and Cooroy to reduce the risk of cross-median crashes.

Location:

Bruce Highway between the Steve Irwin Way southern exit at Beerburrum and Cooroy.

Benefits:

The barriers will improve safety by reducing the risk of cross-median crashes involving motorists travelling in different directions on the Bruce Highway.

Funding:

The $79.8 million project is jointly funded under the Bruce Highway Safety Package with $63.8 million provided by the federal government and $16 million provided by the state government.

Regions:
North Coast Region

Project info

The department is installing roadside barriers on the Bruce Highway between Beerburrum and Cooroy.

The project is being delivered in separate construction packages, with the first package of works from the southern Steve Irwin Way exit, commencing in May 2018. 

The first construction package involves installing barriers along the centre median of the Bruce Highway from the southern Steve Irwin Way exit at Beerburrum to the Caloundra Road interchange.

The second package of work underway involves installing barriers along the centre median on the highway between the Sunshine Motorway interchange to Cooroy.  Roadside barriers are also being installed as part of the Bruce Highway Upgrade (Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway) project which is currently underway.

Upon completion of these works, barriers will be in place along the centre median for the whole stretch of highway from Beerburrum to Cooroy.

A third package of works is also underway. This involves installing roadside safety barriers and shoulder widening at designated locations on the Bruce Highway outer shoulders between the southern Steve Irwin Way exit at Beerburrum and the Caloundra Road interchange. 

Construction on all 3 works packages is scheduled to be completed by mid-2020 weather permitting. 

Due to the nature of the works and the proximity to live traffic, the majority of activities will be completed at night when traffic volumes are lower. This will ensure the safety of motorists and workers. 
Night works will generally be undertaken from Sunday to Thursday, 7pm to 5am. Day works will be required at times. Priority access through the work sites will be given to emergency vehicles.

Safety barriers were also installed in late 2016 on the Bruce Highway between the Pine River Bridge and Anzac Avenue as part of this project under the Bruce Highway Safety Package.

Construction status

Construction is on schedule with work progressing well on all 3 construction packages.

Package: Southern Steve Irwin Way exit at Beerburrum to the Caloundra Road interchange (centre median works)

Doval Constructions Pty Ltd was awarded the construction contract for this package of work in May 2018. This package involves installing 40km of steel guardrail safety barriers and 300m of wire rope safety barrier along the centre northbound and southbound lanes of the Bruce Highway.

Four emergency cross-over bays and several maintenance access points are also being installed, along with minor drainage infrastructure and landscaping. Work on this package was completed in March 2019, ahead of schedule.

Maintenance access
Maintenance access

Contraflow crossover
Contraflow crossover

Package: Sunshine Motorway interchange to Cooroy southern interchange (centre median works)

SGQ Constructions was awarded the construction contract for this package of work in May 2018. This package involves installing 18.5km of wire rope safety barrier and 38km of steel guardrail safety barrier along the centre northbound and southbound lanes of the Bruce Highway. 

Emergency cross-over bays and several maintenance access points are also being installed, along with minor drainage infrastructure and landscaping. Work on this package is scheduled for completion in mid-2019 (weather permitting).

Wire rope barrier
Wire rope barrier

Emergency crossover
Emergency crossover

Package: Southern Steve Irwin Way exit at Beerburrum to the Caloundra Road interchange (outer shoulder works)

Doval Constructions Pty Ltd was awarded the construction contract for this package of work in November 2018. This package involves the installing 22km of steel guardrail safety barriers and 5.5km of wire rope safety barriers at designated areas on the left-hand verge (the outside traffic lane) on the Bruce Highway, northbound and southbound. 

Minor drainage infrastructure will also be installed and landscaping will be undertaken. Work on this package is scheduled to be completed by mid-2020 (weather permitting).

Widening in preparation for outer shoulder guardrail
Widening in preparation for outer shoulder guardrail

Contact details

Email: northcoast@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone: 1800 502 307
Fax: 07 5370 5555
Post: Bruce Highway Safety Barriers
Department of Transport and Main Roads
Reply Paid PO Box 1600
Sunshine Plaza Post Shop
Maroochydore QLD 4558
Last updated
18 March 2019