Bruce Highway Upgrade —Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway
We are upgrading the Bruce Highway to 6-lanes between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway including major upgrades to both interchanges and a new 2-way service road for local traffic between Steve Irwin Way and Tanawha Tourist Drive.
Through the upgrade we will separate long distance traffic from local traffic, allowing the highway to function as a high-speed, high-volume corridor. We will also ensure improved flood immunity of the corridor.
- Improves safety
- Increases traffic flow
- Increases capacity
- Contributes to regional growth
- Improves network efficiency
- Reduces peak hour congestion
- Improves flood immunity
- Better road access
- A new southbound exit ramp from the Bruce Highway to Pignata Road to provide safe and direct access to the local road network, as well as a future connection to the Harmony development in Palmview.
- A Diverging Diamond Interchange will replace the existing Caloundra Road interchange.
- Reduction of the project footprint on the former Beerwah State Forest.
- New free-flowing, grade separated ramps replacing the existing intersection on the old Bruce Highway northbound exit ramp to the Sunshine Motorway near Wilson Road.
- A secondary access to the western service road at the Sunshine Motorway interchange for northbound traffic on the Bruce Highway.
- A direct access to the Sippy Downs interchange from the western service road for local traffic.
- New active transport infrastructure for bike riders and pedestrians, as well as new car pool and bus stop facilities.
Bruce Highway Upgrade—Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway: final design layout
The project is funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 basis.
- Total investment
- $812.95 million
- Australian Government
- $650.36 million
- Queensland Government
- $162.59 million
Bruce Highway Upgrade—Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway: project flyover
Caloundra Road interchangeIn an Australian first, through this project we will transform the Caloundra Road interchange into a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI). This innovative design is cost effective because it minimises the project footprint (requires fewer bridges and roads) while tackling congestion, increasing capacity, improving safety and providing active transport connections. A key consideration of the project is improving connectivity to provide safe and sustainable travel between Caloundra Road, Steve Irwin Way and Tanawha Tourist Drive. The new car pool facility at Palmview has opened to the public and is used daily by commuters. Construction of new active transport infrastructure for bike riders and pedestrians and new bus stops is well underway.
How the Caloundra Road interchange will work
Map 1—To and from Caloundra and Landsborough
Map 2—Brisbane to Caloundra, Caloundra to Gympie and Gympie to Landsborough
Map 3—To and from western service road
Sustainable and active transport infrastructure
A key consideration of the project is improving connectivity to provide safe and sustainable travel between Caloundra Road, Steve Irwin Way and Tanawha Tourist Drive.The new car pool facility at Palmview has opened to the public and is used daily by commuters. Construction of new active transport infrastructure for bike riders and pedestrians and new bus stops is well underway.
More than 9km of new dedicated lanes and pathways for bike riders and pedestrians is currently under construction throughout the project area. These are shown by the yellow lines in the design layout (PDF, 3.63 MB).
Once completed, these lanes and pathways for bike riders and pedestrians will:
- extend access from Caloundra Road at Meridan Plains, through the new Diverging Diamond Interchange to link with Steve Irwin Way at Glenview
- provide a major new pathway running the entire length of the new western service road from Glenview in the south to Sippy Downs in the north
- improve access to the local road network.
- provide a new pedestrian and bike riding bridge next to the existing Sippy Downs interchange improving access to the educational, business and residential precincts at Sippy Downs
Pignata Road car pool facility
The new car pool facility between the Bruce Highway and Pignata Road at Palmview opened to the public in late 2017.
Catering for 240 vehicles in a safe, well-lit location, commuters are able to park their vehicles and travel with their colleagues, family and friends to destinations both north and south of the coast.
The facility will ultimately connect to bus facilities, local businesses and the Aussie World precinct via a new pedestrian path.
Nine new bus stops will be established in the project area to improve local access to public transport. Bus stop locations are marked in purple in the design layout (PDF, 3.63 MB).
The bus stops will link to established bus routes servicing local communities and the broader Sunshine Coast region. Locations of the new stops include:
- Steve Irwin Way at Glenview
- Pignata Road near the new car pool facility at Palmview
- Western service road near:
- Glenview Road
- Palmview Forest Drive
- the Aussie World precinct
- Sippy Creek Road
- Cunning Road.
We are consulting with the community, key stakeholders and all levels of government on environmental issues relating to the project. Through this consultation, we have been successful in managing the project’s environmental impacts throughout the design and construction stages of the project.
As part of this consultation, we have engaged with numerous environmental and community groups to share information and gain feedback.
- Save the Steve Irwin Way Forest Group
- Sunshine Coast Environment Council
- Mooloolah River Water Watch and Landcare Group
- Wildlife Preservation Society, Sunshine Coast Branch
- Queensland Koala Crusaders
- Sunshine Coast Koala Rescue
- Kabi Kabi First Nation.
For more information about the environmental stakeholder meetings (and their minutes) and our environmental management on the project contact us via email or phone.
Major constructionWe are currently undertaking major construction. To maintain traffic flow, both permanent and temporary traffic changes will occur throughout the construction period and motorists should expect changed traffic conditions on the Bruce Highway, Sunshine Motorway, Caloundra Road and Steve Irwin Way. This includes temporary lane closures, speed reductions, detours and minor road realignments.
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.
Check QLDTraffic for up-to-date traffic information or call 13 19 40.
Construction is being completed across 2 major work zones, north and south (see following maps). Refer to the relevant zone for information about construction activities in the area.
Construction notices - northern works zone
- CN74 April 2020: Works to begin on new pedestrian/cyclist bridge in Sippy Downs (PDF, 433 KB)
- CN70 March 2020: Low-impact controlled blast next to Bruce Highway in Tanawha (PDF, 914 KB)
- CN68 February 2020: Changes for eastbound Sunshine Motorway traffic in Tanawha (PDF, 1.47 MB)
- CN65 January 2020: Bridge demolition works at Sunshine Motorway interchange (PDF, 638 KB)
- CN61 December 2019: Low-impact controlled blast next to Bruce Highway in Tanawha (PDF, 1.7 MB)
- CN60 November 2019: Opening of new northbound Bruce Highway bridge over Sunshine Motorway (PDF, 1.02 MB)
- CN58c November 2019: Night works in Sippy Downs (PDF, 823 KB)
- CN58b November 2019: Night works near Leea Street (PDF, 825 KB)
- CN58a November 2019: Night works in Tanawha (PDF, 772 KB)
Construction notices - southern works zone
- CN73 April 2020: Upcoming traffic changes at Caloundra Road interchange (PDF, 826 KB)
- CNC72a: May 2020: Temporary relocation of school bus stop on Laxton Road (PDF, 493KB)
- CN71 March 2020: Road temporarily closed under Bruce Highway in Palmview (PDF, 696 KB)
- CN69 February 2020: Weekend closure of Frizzo Road between Aussie World and Martin Road (PDF, 726 KB)
- CN67 January 2020: one way traffic arrangement on Frizzo Road near Aussie World (PDF, 336 KB)
- CN66 January 2020: Temporary northbound Bruce Highway Exit 190 in Glenview (PDF, 968 KB)
- CN64 January 2020: Vegetation removal for western service road in Glenview (PDF, 1.1 MB)
- CN63 January 2020: Detours at Caloundra Road interchange (PDF, 1.91 MB)
- CN62 December 2019: Northbound Bruce Highway traffic changes in Palmview (PDF, 815 KB)
- CN59 November 2019: Stage 1 Diverging Diamond Interchange traffic switches (PDF, 1.02 MB)