Bruce Highway (Cooroy to Curra) Section D, construction

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

Benefits

  • Increases traffic flow
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves safety
  • Improves flood immunity
  • Reduces travel time
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth

Key features

  • 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).

Funding

Investment ID 686965

Total investment
$1 billion
Australian Government
$800 million
Queensland Government
$200 million

Current status

Procurement
C2CD 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.

Industry Register

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.

Environment

Sustainability commitments

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:

Governance
  • Embed sustainability into the planning, design, construction and operation of the project.
Environmental
  • 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. 
Economic

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.

Project updates

New Penny Road interchange
Traffic 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. Penny interchange
New Gympie interchange

An 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.

Gympie Interchange

New Curra interchange

An 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.

Curra Interchange