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.
Bruce Highway (Cooroy to Curra) Section D
The $1 billion Section D: Woondum to Curra (C2CD) project is a new 26km, 4-lane divided highway between the existing Bruce Highway interchange at Woondum, south of Gympie and Curra.
The project is being delivered in 2 construction contracts with work underway since October 2020.
Visualisation video of final design
- Increases traffic flow
- Increases capacity
- Improves safety
- Improves flood immunity
- Reduces travel time
- Contributes to economy
- Contributes to regional growth
- Improve traffic flow, as the upgrade will avoid 53 intersections (including 9-signalised intersections) and 106 property accesses which contribute to current safety and congestion issues on the existing the Bruce Highway
- Improve safety and capacity through the separation of long-distance traffic from local traffic. This will reduce traffic volumes on the highway travelling through Gympie, with approximately 50% less heavy vehicles
- Greatly reduce head-on crashes by providing a divided 4-lane highway
- Significantly improve flood immunity compared with the old highway, which has traditionally experienced frequent closures in the Gympie CBD and north and south of Gympie due to flooding
- Improve travel times by having the new highway posted at 110km/h (current highway is 80km/h and 60km/h through Gympie).
Investment ID 686965
- Total investment
- $1 billion
- Australian Government
- $800 million
- Queensland Government
- $200 million
ProcurementC2CD will be delivered in 2 major construction contracts:
- Contract 1: Woondum interchange to Sandy Creek Road
- Contract 2: Sandy Creek Road to Curra
Contract 1 was awarded to an Australian owned, Queensland based joint venture between Bielby Holdings and BMD (BBJV). Work started on contract 1 in late 2020.
Contract 2 was awarded to CPB Contractors in March 2021.
Both contracts will be completed, and the highway opened as 1 project in mid-2024, weather permitting.
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Any employment enquiries can be directed to the successful contractors.
The local Industry Register is an initiative to encourage local business participation in the project.
Gympie region businesses such as sub-contractors, equipment and plant hire, service providers, accommodation and catering providers and labour-hire are encouraged to register their interest on the project website.
The Industry Register has been provided to shortlisted construction contractors, so they have details of interested local businesses and service providers. The register will continue to be updated over the next 12 months and provided to the 2 successful contractors.
- Appendix A: EPBC Act—post approvals variation notice 01 (PDF, 5.5MB)
- Appendix B: Six Mile Creek lowland rainforest baseline survey report (PDF, 14.1MB)
- Appendix C: Mary River Catchment Coordination Committee purchase order (PDF, 308KB)
- Appendix D: Pineapple zamia translocation report (PDF, 4.4MB)
- Appendix E: Pineapple zamia propagation memo (PDF, 1.8MB)
- Appendix F: Vegetation Management Act voluntary declaration notice (PDF, 149KB)
- Appendix G: Pineapple zamia monitoring report (PDF, 4.8MB)
- Appendix H: Pest animal baseline survey report (PDF, 14.8MB)
- Appendix I: Ecosure restoration plan (PDF, 6.5MB)
- Appendix J: Pest animal monitoring program (PDF, 15.9MB)
- Appendix K: Pest animal control plan (PDF, 7.5MB)
- Appendix L: Offset Management Plan lowland rainforest (PDF, 6.8MB)
- Appendix M: Lowland rainforest offset baseline survey (PDF, 14.7MB)
- Appendix N: MNES clearing sketch (PDF, 845KB)
- Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra (Section D: Woondum to Curra): Offset Management Plan (koala)
- Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra (Section D: Woondum to Curra): Baseline Assessment Report - 2020
- Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra (Section D: Woondum to Curra): lowland rainforest offset strategy
- Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra (Section D: Woondum to Curra): notice of variation - conditions 3 and 7
- Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra (Section D: Woondum to Curra): final decision notice September 2019
- Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra (Section D: Woondum to Curra): EPBC Act Referral - public consultation summary
- Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra (Section D: Woondum to Curra): preliminary documentation May 2018
- Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra (Section D: Woondum to Curra): EPBC Act referral April 2017
- Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra (Section D: Woondum to Curra): referral form
The Australian Government and Queensland Government incorporate social, environmental and economic costs and benefits in project assessment and delivery.
These broad elements of sustainability are being optimised through the adoption of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia's (ISCA) Rating Tool.
The Rating Tool incentivises a range of sustainable initiatives, including best practice pollution control, ecology protection, community engagement and resource use.
The C2CD project is aiming to achieve a rating of ‘excellent' to maximise sustainable outcomes from the project. To achieve this, the project is committed to the following objectives:
- Embed sustainability into the planning, design, construction and operation of the project.
- Minimise the greenhouse gas footprint of materials and whole-of-life emissions from the asset
- Protect and enhance natural environment values
- As part of the circular economy maximise reuse and recycling of waste.
Maximise asset whole-of-life value and minimise whole-of-life costs
Minimise water use and consider non-potable water sources.
Social and cultural
- Develop active transport and accessibility improvements for the community
- Support local industry participation and incorporate workforce development opportunities
- Promote workforce health and safety.
- Drone video of construction of the Six Mile Creek bridge: July 2021
- Cooroy to Curra Section D map
- Project update: December 2019
New Penny Road interchangeTraffic movement analysis and consultation with key stakeholders led to modifications to the proposed connections at Penny Road. The project now includes an all movements interchange instead of only north-facing ramps as previously identified in the preliminary design in the Bruce Highway – Cooroy to Curra Strategic Planning Study: Recommended Corridor Report. The new improved interchange will cater for locals and industry, enabling heavy vehicles to access commercial and industrial areas east and west of the new highway.
New Gympie interchangeAn all movements interchange will be constructed at Gympie Connection Road to cater for commuters travelling to Gympie or the Cooloola Coast from the new highway. Traffic signals will be located at each exit ramp and entry ramp intersection with Gympie Connection Road to manage safe flow of traffic between the new highway and the local road network.
New Curra interchangeAn all movements interchange will be constructed just north of Curra to connect the new 4-lane highway with the existing 2-lane Bruce Highway. The interchange will be to the north of the existing Harvey Siding Road and Bruce Highway intersection. Connections will be made back to Harvey Siding and Ashfords roads for local traffic.
Drone video of construction of the Six Mile Creek bridge: July 2021
This video shows the following scenes:
View from a drone looking south along the construction site of the Gympie bypass project and directly onto bridge construction of the Six Mile Creek bridge.
The drone flies south over the bridge piling works and a large crane.
Environmental erosion and sediment ponds can be seen to the right.
The drone flies over Six Mile Creek which is a sensitive environmental area. The 250m long bridge will span this creek which is flood prone.
At the southern end of the bridge site excavators can be seen moving dirt, and footage shows bridge piles under construction.
The view is then up the wide highway alignment showing where the Gympie bypass will travel once complete.