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.
- 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. 3.5m traffic lanes with 3m 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
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. This was awarded Acciona Infrastructure Projects Australia in September 2020, with works beginning in November 2020.
Contract 2 will deliver the section from Pumicestone Road to Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163). This was awarded to Fulton Hogan in March 2021, with preliminary construction starting in May 2021.
Construction of both contracts is expected to be completed in early 2023, weather and construction conditions permitting.
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.
Contract 1 – Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Pumicestone Road
Construction currently underway includes earthworks, vegetation clearing, construction of site access tracks, drainage works and retaining wall activities.
During June, a new northbound Exit 152B from the Bruce Highway to the D’Aguilar Highway will open to traffic, weather and construction conditions permitting. The current Exit 152 will be known as Exit 152A.
The new exit ramp is located approximately 550m north of the current Exit 152, which motorists use to connect onto the D’Aguilar Highway towards Woodford and Kilcoy.
Once the new northbound Exit 152B opens to traffic, motorists will no longer be able to use Exit 152 to access the D’Aguilar Highway. The service road connection from Bruce Highway northbound to the D’Aguilar Highway will be permanently closed to traffic and removed.
Motorists will need to continue north on the Bruce Highway past existing Exit 152 and take the new northbound Exit 152B onto the D’Aguilar Highway towards Woodford and Kilcoy (refer to the map for more details).
Motorists are advised to reduce their speed, ignore GPS directions, follow signage and adhere to all directions given by traffic control personnel (if present).
New northbound Bruce Highway Exit 152B
Contract 2 – Pumicestone Road to Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163)
Preliminary works on Contract 2 include:
- installing traffic barriers, removing existing road furniture (such as guardrail), linemarking changes and other traffic control
- creating temporary emergency stopping bays southbound on the Bruce Highway
- establishing site entry/exit gates and access tracks
- vegetation trimming and site clearing works
- starting earthworks associated with road widening.
- The speed limit on the southbound lanes of the Bruce Highway will be reduced to 80km/h between Pumicestone Road and Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163). A short section of the northbound lanes will also be reduced to 80km/h before Exit 163.