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Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway

Overview:

The project involves upgrading the Bruce Highway to 6-lanes between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway. This includes major upgrades to both interchanges and the delivery of a 2-way service road for local traffic on the western side of the highway between Steve Irwin Way and Tanawha Tourist Drive.

Location:

The Bruce Highway between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway on the Sunshine Coast.

Completion:

Construction is expected to be completed in late 2020, weather permitting.

Benefits:

The upgrade will deliver critical safety benefits to motorists, improve efficiency and reduce traffic congestion, and ensure the highway can cater for future traffic growth. The speed limit on the upgraded highway will be returned to 110km/hr.

Funding:

The $812.95 million project is funded on an 80/20 basis under the Infrastructure Investment Program with the Australian Government contributing $650.36 million and the Queensland Government contributing $162.59 million.

Regions:
North Coast Region

Project info

The Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway will provide vital community infrastructure and is designed to meet the strategic transport needs of the Sunshine Coast region in this area well into the future.

The upgrade is vital for the continued development of the Sunshine Coast and with its increased capacity, the highway will provide safer and more efficient travel for commuters and industry along this stretch. The upgrade will separate long distance traffic from local traffic movements, allowing the highway to function as a high-speed, high-volume corridor. It will also cater for a 1% AEP (annual exceedance probability) flood event; that is, a flood event which occurs on average once in 100 years.

Key features of the design layout

Design layout (May 2017)

  • Provision of a revised southbound exit from the Bruce Highway to Pignata Road. The new exit ramp will meet current design standards and provide a safe and direct access to local businesses and residences, as well as a future connection to the Harmony development in Palmview.
  • Reduction of the project footprint on the Beerwah State Forest.
  • Transformation of the existing Caloundra Road interchange into a Diverging Diamond Interchange.
  • Removal of the intersection on the Bruce Highway northbound exit ramp to the Sunshine Motorway near Wilson Road. The intersection will be replaced with new free-flowing, grade separated ramps to significantly improve safety for northbound motorists exiting and entering the Bruce Highway.
  • Inclusion of a secondary access to the western service road at the Sunshine Motorway interchange for northbound traffic on the Bruce Highway.
  • Provision of a direct access to the Sippy Downs interchange from the western service road for local traffic.
  • Retainment of all access ramps between the Sippy Downs interchange and the Sunshine Motorway.
  • Provision of new active transport infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians as well as new car pool and bus stop facilities.

What's next?

The first sod was turned on 18 May 2017 to mark the start of major construction. The project’s design will continue to evolve as construction progresses to provide maximum benefit to the community and motorists.

Major construction

Until the end of 2017, the contractor, Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture, will focus on constructing in areas adjacent to existing roads. Motorists should expect a number of changed traffic conditions including speed reductions on the Bruce Highway, Sunshine Motorway, Caloundra Road and Steve Irwin Way. This also includes changed traffic conditions, such as temporary lane closures, on surrounding local roads.

Works will be completed during the day whenever possible. Due to the nature of the works and the proximity to live traffic, some activities will need to be completed at night when traffic volumes are lower. This will ensure the safety of motorists and workers. 

Construction working hours are: 

Night works: Sunday to Thursday, 7pm to 5am

Day works: Monday to Saturday, 6am to 6pm

To minimise delays for road users, all lanes will be maintained on the Bruce Highway and Sunshine Motorway during peak periods.

Construction is expected to be completed in late 2020, weather permitting.

For more information on current and upcoming works, please see construction updates.

Project timeline

Project timeline

Project history

Contact details

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Subscribe to the free SMS and email update service to receive updates about project activities and construction work. For further information about the project, please contact the project team:

Phone: 1800 749 022*
Email: brucehwycr2sm@tmr.qld.gov.au
Post: Bruce Highway Upgrade–Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway
Department of Transport and Main Roads
North Coast District
PO Box 1600
Maroochydore QLD 4558
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Latest news

Construction update

Roadside barrier installation

Temporary ramp closures are required for minor road shoulder widening and installation of roadside barriers.

For the safety of road users and roadworkers, a safe distance between traffic and the construction works zone must be maintained at all times. 

To ensure a safe work environment, temporary ramp closures will be required at the Caloundra Road, Sunshine Motorway and Sippy Downs interchanges, and the Bruce Highway southbound exit ramp to Pignata Road.

During the temporary ramp closures, signed detours will be in place.

The temporary ramp closures will be in effect during night works, when traffic volumes are lower, between late September and December 2017. This will ensure the safety of road users and roadworkers. Night working hours are from Sunday to Thursday, 7pm to 5am. 

Subscribe to our free SMS update service for prior notification of each ramp closure.

Refer to construction notice CN15 for more information.

Speed reductions

The speed limit has been reduced within the project area on the Bruce Highway and Sunshine Motorway and surrounding routes including Caloundra Road and Steve Irwin Way. These speed reductions will be in place until the upgrade is complete in late 2020, weather permitting. This will ensure the safety of road users and roadworkers while construction works are undertaken in close proximity to these roads. 

Construction notices – whole project

Northern work zones

Map of Bruce Highway Upgrade Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway northern work zone
View larger image of northern work zone map.

In the north, vegetation removal works will soon start on the eastern side of the Bruce Highway. Works will progressively move from the Pignata Road area north towards Sippy Downs. This will allow space to 6-lane the highway and upgrade the Sunshine Motorway. Around the Sippy Downs area, vegetation will be removed to allow for an upgrade to the Sippy Downs interchange and construction of the new southbound on-ramp from the interchange to the highway.

Vegetation removal works will also continue on the eastern side of the highway near Tanawha Road and on the temporary Wilson Road intersection. This will allow for bridgeworks to progress at the Sunshine Motorway interchange.

Some of the vegetation removal works will be required to be undertaken at night for safety reasons due to their close proximity to the Bruce Highway and Sunshine Motorway. For more information about upcoming night works and construction activities near Tanawha Road, refer to construction notices CN16 and CN17

Permanent closure of Sunshine Motorway access to southbound Bruce Highway entry ramp

The Sunshine Motorway eastbound access to the southbound Bruce Highway entry ramp has been permanently closed. The permanent closure of this access is one of the first steps in establishing the site for the upgrade of Sunshine Motorway interchange, and is required for safety reasons. Please see CN20 for a locality map and further detail. 

Motorists can still access the Bruce Highway southbound by using alternative routes such as the Sippy Downs interchange. On completion of construction local traffic from Wilson and Cunning roads will travel on the western service road to access the Bruce Highway southbound. 

Construction notices – northern works zone

Southern works zones

Map of Bruce Highway Upgrade Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway southern work zone
View a larger image of the southern works zone map.

In the south, vegetation removal activities have progressed, with works underway on the north-western side of Steve Irwin Way. Site accesses and emergency stopping bays are also being constructed in preparation for roadside barrier installation.

Construction of the car pool facility at Pignata Road is continuing and earthworks for construction of the new southbound Bruce Highway carriageway and exit ramp to Caloundra Road are underway.

Bridge construction has commenced at the Mooloolah River floodplain. As part of the project, 9 new bridge structures will be built across the floodplain.

Works in the southern works zone will be completed during the day whenever possible. However due to the nature of the works and the proximity to traffic, some activities will need to be completed at night when traffic volumes are lower for safety reasons.

Construction notices – southern works zone

Publications

Environmental news and meetings

The department has been liaising with key stakeholders and the Queensland and Australian Governments to discuss environmental issues, share information and ensure legislative requirements are met and, where possible, exceeded.

Through this consultation, many aspects of environmental management have been considered in the design layout and will be included in construction methods for the project.

Last updated
09 November 2017