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Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway


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.


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


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


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.


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.

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 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.

Major construction

Major construction is now underway and 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 includes temporary lane closures, speed reductions and detours on surrounding 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

Free SMS and email update service

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

Phone: 1800 749 022*
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

Pignata Road car pool facility is open

A new car pool facility between the Bruce Highway and Pignata Road in Palmview has opened to the public. Commuters are now able to park their vehicles and travel with their colleagues, family and friends to destinations both north and south of the coast.

The car pool facility can be accessed via Pignata Road and caters for 240 vehicles in a safe, well-lit location.

Service relocations

There are a number of services within the project corridor, including water, sewerage, electricity and telecommunications that needs to be relocated or protected as part of the upgrade. Service relocation work is continuing across all project areas. The project team works closely with the relevant service providers to undertake these works. Interruptions to services may be required during these works. Affected properties will be notified by your service provider.

Construction updates

Construction is being completed across 2 major work zones, North and South (see below maps). Refer to the relevant zone for information about construction activities in the area.

Previous construction notices are available on the project history page.

Northern work zones

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

Temporary traffic changes on local roads

Temporary traffic signals are now operating on Tanawha Road while works to complete the realignment of the new water main are completed. Temporary traffic signals also remain on Cunning Road during construction for the realignment of Wilson Road and for construction of a new intersection with Cunning Road. 

Temporary traffic signals are also operating on Sippy Creek Road while works are completed to realign and resurface Sippy Creek Road. The signals will remain in place while construction of a new intersection of Sippy Creek Road and the western service road is being undertaken. 

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


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
05 November 2018