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. It will convert the existing Maroochydore Road and Nambour Connection Road roundabout to a fully controlled signalised interchange. The project will also include widening Mons Road under the Bruce Highway and moving 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 2 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
  • moving 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. Investment ID: 234413

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 completed 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 to prepare for major construction to start in June 2020.

Major construction

Works are well advanced on the new 2-lane service road bridges (to the west and east of the Bruce Highway) over Eudlo Creek at Forest Glen. In July 2021, Bruce Highway southbound traffic was diverted onto a newly completed section of the eastern service road. This diversion enables the contractor to install major drainage infrastructure under the existing southbound carriageway of the Bruce Highway and will be in place until early 2022.

Bulk earthworks, drainage, pavement and fencing activities have been completed on Sandalwood Lane which ultimately will link to the new eastern service road.

Work on the new bridge structure on the western side of the Bruce Highway, and retaining wall structures to form the new western service road, are continuing to progress.

Construction is progressing well to widen the Mons Road underpass from 3 to 4 traffic lanes. Most of this work has been undertaken at night to minimise impacts on day-time traffic.

Construction is now shifting to upgrade the signalised intersection at Mons and Chevallum roads. This will include building an additional northbound lane on Chevallum Road and installing major drainage infrastructure throughout the interchange.

Earthworks and major drainage work continue at the intersection of Chevallum and Rainforest roads. Once complete, the existing Bruce Highway northbound off-ramp to Mons Road (Exit 200) will be relocated to the south, leading to a new roundabout at Chevallum and Rainforest roads.

Major construction work to upgrade and signalise the Maroochydore Road interchange and build a new 4-lane eastbound bridge over the Bruce Highway from Nambour Connection Road to Maroochydore Road started in late October 2020. The new 4-lane eastbound bridge is taking shape, with the bridge girders, deck units and safety barriers now in place.

Work to widen and lengthen the entry and exit ramps to the interchange have started, with major earthworks and drainage upgrades progressing. A key component of this work is the construction of the new retaining wall along Aird Lane that will support the widened northbound exit ramp lanes to Nambour Connection Road.

Construction of the upgrade is being carefully programmed and staged to minimise impacts to the local community and road users.

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.

General construction working hours are:

Night works: Sunday to Thursday, 7pm to 5am

Day works: Monday to Saturday, 6am to 6pm.

Project completion is expected to be 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 including shared user path facilities that provide 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

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Bruce Highway Upgrade – Maroochydore Road and Mons Road interchange bridge girder installation time lapse video

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Time lapse video showing 3 bridge girders being installed at Bruce Highway Upgrade - Maroochydore Road and Mons Road interchange project. 

Bruce Highway Upgrade—Maroochydore Road and Mons Road Interchanges visualisation

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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

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