Bruce Highway—Cooroy to Curra

This project involves a 62km realignment and upgrade of the Bruce Highway to 4 lanes between Cooroy and Curra and is among Queensland's highest priority road projects.

It aims to improve safety, flood resilience, and capacity along the highway between Brisbane and Cairns. It is designed to meet strategic transport needs of the Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions well into the future.

For construction purposes the Cooroy to Curra project was split into the four sections (A, B, C and D) as we progressively delivered sections A to C over the past 10 years. Four lanes of new divided highway now stretch from the Cooroy southern interchange to the Woondum interchange, just south of Gympie.

With the completion of Section D and the entire 62kms, motorists will benefit from improved safety, flood immunity and capacity on the Bruce Highway.


  • Increases traffic flow
  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves flood immunity
  • Reduces travel time

Key features

This upgrade will improve safety, flood resilience and capacity and separate long distance traffic from local traffic to allow the highway to function as a high-speed, high-volume corridor.


Section A: construction $490 million (one off 50:50 Australian Government and Queensland Government funding split) Section B: construction $513 million (80:20 Australian Government and Queensland Government funding split) Section C: construction $384.24 million (80:20 Australian Government and Queensland Government funding split) Section D: construction $1 billion (80:20 Australian Government and Queensland Government funding split)

Total investment
$2,384.24 million

Current status

Sections A, B and C

Major construction commenced on Section B in September 2009 and the new section of the highway was opened to traffic in December 2012. Work commenced on Section A in July 2013 and was completed in May 2017. Construction commended on Section C in early 2016 and was completed in February 2018.

Section D

The corridor for the 26km new highway bypasses the city of Gympie, close to the railway line until Old Maryborough Road at Corella. It then travels through the edge of Curra State Forest to minimise the impact on private land and connects with the existing Bruce Highway just north of Harvey Siding Road, Curra.

Preliminary planning commenced in March 2014 and was completed in early 2016. Detailed Design began in May 2016 and is now complete.

Joint funding of $1 billion has been provided in an 80:20 funding split (Australian Government $800 million and Queensland Government $200 million) to progress the project to delivery. 

More information on the Cooroy to Curra: Section D.

Community information

Community engagement played a vital part in the development of the corridor for the Bruce Highway Upgrade - Cooroy to Curra project. We undertook extensive engagement with the local community during strategic planning that included committee meetings, public displays, information sessions, meetings with project stakeholders and distribution of maps and newsletters.

Consultation with stakeholders has occurred during the design and construction phases for each of the 4 sections that make up the Cooroy to Curra project.

We welcome feedback on the project and will continue to engage stakeholders throughout the delivery of Cooroy to Curra – Section D.

Detailed maps of Bruce Highway Upgrade (Cooroy to Curra)

Bruce Highway Upgrade (Cooroy to Curra): key plan

Select the map to view the full key plan of the Cooroy to Curra corridor.Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra Key Plan