Bruce Highway upgrade—Maroochydore Road and Mons Road Interchanges

The Maroochydore Road and Mons Road Interchanges project is being delivered as part of the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program to improve safety, ease congestion and cater for future traffic growth.

The project will upgrade both the Maroochydore Road and Mons Road interchanges on the Bruce Highway at Forest Glen. The existing Maroochydore Road and Nambour Connection Road roundabout will be converted to a fully controlled signalised interchange. The project will also include widening Mons Road under the Bruce Highway and relocating on and off-ramp access points.

Two-way service roads will connect the Maroochydore Road and Mons Road interchanges on the eastern and western sides of the Bruce Highway to separate local traffic and improve access to the Forest Glen business precinct.

New active transport facilities will be constructed for pedestrians and bike riders through the Maroochydore Road interchange connecting to Sandalwood Lane and Mons Road.

The project also contributed to the extension of Owen Creek Road to access the Sunshine Coast Grammar School. This new access road opened to traffic in January 2020. 

The project does not include any changes to the current provision of 4 traffic lanes (2 each way) on the Bruce Highway at this location.

Benefits

  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Reduces interchange queuing
  • Reduces travel time
  • Improves flood immunity

Key features

  • building a new, 4-lane eastbound bridge over the Bruce Highway from Nambour Connection Road to Maroochydore Road
  • converting the existing Maroochydore Road and Nambour Connection Road roundabout to a fully controlled, signalised interchange with greater capacity
  • extending and widening all on and off-ramps at the Maroochydore Road interchange
  • connecting the Maroochydore Road and Mons Road interchanges via two new service roads on the eastern and western sides of the Bruce Highway
  • removing the north-facing ramps at the Mons Road interchange
  • upgrading the Mons Road southbound on-ramp
  • relocating the Mons Road northbound off-ramp to a new roundabout at the intersection of Chevallum Road and Rainforest Road
  • widening Mons Road under the Bruce Highway
  • delivering new active transport facilities for bike riders and pedestrians through the Maroochydore Road interchange connecting to the eastern service road.

Funding

The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 (federal:state) basis.

Total investment
$301.25 million
Australian Government
$241 million
Queensland Government
$60.25 million

Current status

The major construction contract for the Bruce Highway Upgrade – Maroochydore Road and Mons Road Interchanges project was awarded to the John Holland Seymour Whyte Joint Venture.  Construction started in early June 2020 with completion expected in late 2022, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Design for the upgrade was complete in mid-2019. Early works to prepare the site for major construction commenced in October 2019 and were undertaken by local civil contractor, Shadforth Civil. Works involved upgrading existing and installing new underground water, power and telecommunications infrastructure, building demolition works, minor vegetation clearing and fencing. Early works were completed in April 2020 in preparation for major construction to start in June 2020.

Major construction

Construction is gearing up onsite with works including the installation of traffic control and construction signage for the safety of motorists and workers.

Targeted vegetation clearing has been undertaken on the eastern and western sides of the Bruce Highway.

Piling works have commenced for the construction of 2 new bridges over Eudlo Creek that will form part of the new service roads on the eastern and western sides of the Bruce Highway.

Works on the new roundabout at Chevallum are underway that will connect the new northbound Exit 200 (Chevallum Road) and the southern section of the new western service road.

Nightworks to upgrade the Mons Road interchange have started and include the relocation of underground services, installation of drainage structures, excavation and demolition of the existing retaining walls (under the Bruce Highway) and construction of new retaining walls.

Major construction work to upgrade and signalise the Maroochydore Road interchange and build a new four-lane eastbound bridge over the Bruce Highway  from Nambour Connection Road to Maroochydore Road started in late October 2020.

Work to install new permanent sections of guardrail for the safety of motorists travelling on the Bruce Highway throughout the project area is now underway.

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.

Completion of the project is expected in late 2022, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Check QLDTraffic for up-to-date traffic information or call 13 19 40.

Sustainable and active transport infrastructure

A key consideration of the project is improving connectivity between the Maroochydore Road and Mons Road interchanges, in particular for the businesses of Forest Glen. This will be achieved through construction of new service roads east and west of the Bruce Highway. 

A second access to the Sunshine Coast Grammar School via Owen Creek Road roundabout opened to traffic in late January 2020. The additional access will aid in redistributing school-bound traffic on Mons Road during peak periods and improve safety for pedestrians crossing the road to access the shops. It will also provide a corridor for pedestrian connectivity between the Mons Road retail precinct, Sunshine Coast Grammar School and the residential areas on Owen Creek Road.

Bike riding and pedestrian facilities

The project will deliver several missing active transport links to the community, including:

  • a new shared user path to the northern side of Maroochydore Road providing a link from the Big Pineapple, Stark Lane, Sandalwood Lane and Old Maroochydore Road
  • an eastbound cycle lane incorporated in the upgraded section of Nambour Connection Road and Maroochydore Road
  • the extension of Owen Creek Road includes shared user path facilities that provided enhanced active transport access and safety improvements to the Sunshine Coast Grammar School access
  • bike lanes along Sandalwood Lane and Mons Road to create a bike route, linking from Old Maroochydore Road to Mons Road in Forest Glen
  • widening of Chevallum Road formation to extend the bike route south on Chevallum Road to the intersection with Rainforest Road. 

Bruce Highway Upgrade - Maroochydore Road and Mons Road Interchanges

Project map

 

 

Bruce Highway Upgrade—Maroochydore Road and Mons Road Interchanges visualisation

Video Transcript

Bruce Highway travelling north from the new Chevallum and Forest Glen Exit 200 towards the upgraded Mons Road interchange. Continuing north along the Bruce Highway from Mons Road interchange. The new eastern and western service roads (Mons Road and Chevallum Road) run parallel to the highway. Travelling further north over the upgraded Eudlo Creek crossing and finishing north of the new Maroochydore Road interchange.

Bruce Highway Upgrade—Maroochydore Road and Mons Road Interchanges visualisation visualisation—camera 2

Video Transcript

Nambour Connection Road travelling eastbound to the new Maroochydore Road interchange and continuing east towards Maroochydore.