Bruce Highway—Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163)

We are undertaking a project that 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.

This 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 Bruce Highway Upgrade—Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163) project is a major highway upgrade. Construction of the project will take around 3 years to complete, weather and construction conditions permitting. 

We will construct the project in sections, using 2 separate construction contracts. Contract 1 will deliver the section from Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Pumicestone Road and is scheduled to start in late 2020. Contract 2 will deliver the section from Pumicestone Road to Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163) and is scheduled to start in mid-2021, weather and construction conditions permitting. 

Benefits

  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Increases traffic flow
  • Improves flood immunity

Key features

We have finalised the design for the Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163). 

Key features of the project include:

  • 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.

Funding

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

Current Status

Design for the upgrade was complete in mid-2020. Early works to prepare the site for major construction will be completed by the end of September 2020, weather conditions permitting. 

Works have involved upgrading existing and installing new underground water, power and telecommunications infrastructure, building demolition works, minor vegetation clearing and fencing. 

We have awarded the first major construction contract (Contract 1), between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Pumicestone Road, to Acciona Infrastructure Projects Australia Pty Ltd with works expected to begin shortly.

Contract 2, between Pumicestone Road and Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163), is expected to be awarded in early 2021, with construction scheduled to commence in mid-2021, construction conditions permitting.

Construction of both contracts is expected to be completed in early 2023, weather and construction conditions permitting. 

Major construction

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.

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.

Check QLDTraffic for up-to-date traffic information or call 13 19 40.

Bruce Highway Upgrade—Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163): final design layout

Final design: May 2020