The Bruce Highway Upgrade Program is the largest road infrastructure program Queensland has ever seen. It is aimed at improving safety, flood resilience, and capacity along the length and breadth of the highway between Brisbane and Cairns.
Bruce Highway—Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163)
This project will widen the 11km stretch of the Bruce Highway from 4 to 6 lanes between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163). This will include upgrading creek crossings to improve flood immunity at Lagoon, King Johns, Six Mile, Un-named and Beerburrum Creeks.
The Bruce Highway Upgrade—Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163) project was identified as 1 of 3 priority projects during the planning for future upgrades to the Bruce Highway, between Pine River and Caloundra Road.
The project is a major highway upgrade. Construction of the project will take around 3 years to complete, weather and construction conditions permitting.
The project will be constructed in sections, using 2 separate construction contracts. Contract 1 will deliver the section from Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Pumicestone Road and started in November2020. Contract 2 will deliver the section from Pumicestone Road to Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163) and is scheduled to start by mid-2021, weather and construction conditions permitting.
- Improves safety
- Increases capacity
- Increases traffic flow
- Improves flood immunity
Two extra lanes (one in each direction) between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road interchange and Steve Irwin Way interchange (Exit 163).110km/h posted speed north of D'Aguilar Highway and 100km/h posted speed to the south.3.5 metre traffic lanes with 3.0 metre shoulders and flatter batters or barriers as required.
New 3-lane bridges to withstand a 1-in-100-year flood for northbound and southbound lanes at all 5 creek crossings.
New 4-lane northbound bridge at Lagoon Creek and the southbound bridge at Beerburrum Creek to allow for current and future ramps.
Caboolture-Bribie Island Road interchange modification to reduce southbound weaving and allow for ramp metering.
Northbound exit ramp separation for Caboolture- Bribie Island Road and D'Aguilar Highway interchange into 2 consecutive exit ramps.
Minor changes to existing interchanges at Pumicestone Road and Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163).
Provision for smart technologies including ramp signals, variable speed limit and message signs, vehicle detection systems and CCTV cameras.
The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 (federal:state) basis.
- Total investment
- $662.5 million
- Australian Government
- $530 million
- Queensland Government
- $132.5 million
Design for the upgrade was complete in mid-2020. Early works to prepare the site for major construction were completed in September 2020.
The first major construction contract (Contract 1), between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Pumicestone Road, was awarded to Acciona Infrastructure Projects Australia Pty Ltd with works beginning in November 2020.
Contract 2, between Pumicestone Road and Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163), is expected to be awarded in early 2021, with construction scheduled to commence by mid-2021, weather and construction conditions permitting.
Construction of both contracts is expected to be completed in early 2023, weather and construction conditions permitting.
Initial works will include construction of site accesses and installation of site facilities, vegetation trimming and removal, surveying and fencing, line marking, and barrier set up across the Contract 1 area (Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Pumicestone Road).
Works will be completed during the day whenever possible, with normal operating hours from 6am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, and 7am to 5pm on Saturday. 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.