Gateway Motorway, Bruce Highway to Pine River upgrade, funding commitment and Bruce Highway (Brisbane – Gympie), Pine River to Dohles Rocks Road interchange, funding commitment

The department is undertaking integrated planning for the Gateway Motorway and Bruce Highway Upgrades in north Brisbane and the Moreton Bay Region.

Around 160,000 vehicles travel between the Moreton Bay Region and north Brisbane each day using the Gateway Motorway, the Bruce Highway and Gympie Arterial Road. Significant population growth is increasing travel demand through this road corridor, with current traffic levels expected to increase by around 50% by 2041. 

Benefits

  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Reduces peak hour congestion
  • Better road access
  • Reduces travel time
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Better active transport

Key features

Due to large size and complexity of the area, we are developing 3 business cases:

  1. Bruce Highway (Dohles Rocks Road to Anzac Avenue)
  2. Bruce Highway (Gateway Motorway to Dohles Rocks Road)
  3. Gateway Motorway (Bracken Ridge to Pine River)

These business cases are a part of an integrated approach to planning for the Gateway Motorway and Bruce Highway Upgrades project that will investigate:

  • Bruce Highway (Dohles Rocks Road to Anzac Avenue)
    • Providing north-facing ramps (northbound entry and southbound exit ramps) from Dohles Rocks Road to Anzac Avenue, along the Bruce Highway.
    • Future upgrades to the Bruce Highway from Dohles Rocks Road to Anzac Avenue.
    • Future upgrades to Anzac Avenue interchange on the Bruce Highway.
  • Bruce Highway (Gateway Motorway to Dohles Rocks Road)
    • Upgrading Bruce Highway between the Gateway Motorway and Dohles Rocks Road.
    • Upgrading Gympie Arterial Road between Strathpine Road and Gateway Motorway.
  • Gateway Motorway (Bracken Ridge to Pine River) 
    • Upgrading Gateway Motorway from Bracken Ridge to the Pine River.
    • Reconfiguring the Gateway Motorway to the south, providing eight lanes from Nudgee to Deagon. 

Funding

These projects are jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 (federal:state) basis. 

Gateway Motorway, Bracken Ridge to Pine River upgrade, funding commitment — Investment ID 1510417 ($1 billion)

Bruce Highway (Brisbane - Gympie), Pine River to Dohles Rocks Road interchange, funding commitment — Investment ID 1509103 ($1.098 billion)

Total investment
$2.098 billion
Australian Government
$1.678.4 billion
Queensland Government
$419.6 million

Current status

Bruce Highway (Dohles Rocks Road to Anzac Avenue)

This business case is considering a staged approach to manage increasing traffic demands on this section of the Bruce Highway.

Stage 1: Extended north-facing ramps
  • Providing extended north-facing ramps (northbound entry and southbound exit ramps) from Dohles Rocks Road to Anzac Avenue along the Bruce Highway.
  • The extended ramps provide an effective additional future lane on the Bruce Highway to the north.

Timing: Finalising business case in late 2022. Construction expected to start 2024, weather permitting.

Future stages: Collector-distributor roads to Anzac Avenue
  • Constructing collector-distributor roads on both sides of the Bruce Highway from Dohles Rocks Road to Anzac Avenue.
  • Upgrades to the Anzac Avenue interchange to the Bruce Highway.
  • A shared pedestrian and bicycle path on the east side of the Bruce Highway from Dohles Rocks Road to Anzac Avenue.

Timing: Detailed design and construction timing is not confirmed and is subject to further approvals and funding.

The Moreton Connector

As part of the Bruce Highway (Dohles Rocks Road to Anzac Avenue) business case, the department undertook initial planning for the Moreton Connector (a new road east of the Bruce Highway from Dohles Rocks Road to Anzac Avenue). This corridor was previously preserved by the department and Moreton Bay Regional Council for potential future use.

Planning has determined the Moreton Connector would be a beneficial potential future local connection. However, it is not required as part of the project with the upgrades to the Bruce Highway as proposed. It will not progress to design and construction at this stage.

Bruce Highway (Gateway Motorway to Dohles Rocks Road)

This business case is considering upgrades to improve traffic flow and safety by providing:

  • collector-distributor roads on both sides of the Bruce Highway between Gateway Motorway and Dohles Rocks Road
  • new bridges over the Pine River to accommodate collector-distributor roads
  • a major reconfiguration of Bruce Highway, Gateway Motorway and Gympie Arterial Road interchange (90km/h and 100km/h speed options)
  • additional lanes on Gympie Arterial Road from Strathpine Road to Gateway Motorway merge
  • a shared pedestrian and bicycle path adjacent to the highway, including across the Pine River.

Timing: Finalising business case in late 2023. Funding allocation and construction timing to be confirmed.

Gateway Motorway (Bracken Ridge to Pine River)

This business case is considering upgrades to improve traffic flow and safety by providing:
  • additional motorway lanes
  • improved connections to Bruce Highway, Bracken Ridge Road and Deagon Deviation
  • upgrades to the curve at Bracken Ridge
  • shared pedestrian and cycle path on the northern side of the highway, including upgraded connections to Barfoot Street, Deagon Deviation, Wyampa Road.

The department is working closely with Queensland Fire and Emergency Service and Queensland Ambulance Service about the impacts to Bracken Ridge Fire and Rescue Station and Sandgate Ambulance Station. Both stations will be relocated in the local area to ensure continuity of services.

This business case will also consider reconfiguring the Gateway Motorway from Nudgee to Deagon to provide 8 lanes.

Timing: Finalising business case in late 2023. Funding allocation and construction timing to be confirmed.

Contributing projects

We are undertaking a separate project to replace and improve noise barriers along a section of Gympie Arterial Road (between Strathpine Road and Gateway Motorway) in Bald Hills.

This project is being coordinated with the planning for the Gateway Motorway and Bruce Highway Upgrades project. The extent and location of these noise barrier replacements will be confirmed through the planning phase with construction expected to be completed by mid-2024.

Project map (October 2022)

Project map

Project map description

The project map shows the proposed upgrades across the project area which is in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay Regions covering Bracken Ridge, Bald Hills, Murrumba Downs, Griffin and North Lakes.

From south to north, the plan shows proposed main carriageway upgrades to Gympie Arterial Road from Strathpine Road interchange to merge with the Bruce Highway. The Gateway Motorway main carriageway upgrade from Bracken Ridge Road to Pine River with minor upgrades to motorway from Nudgee to Deagon. New shared path is shown next to Gateway Motorway from Bracken Ridge to Bruce Highway merge.

A major upgrade is depicted for the Gateway Motorway, Bruce Highway and Gympie Arterial Road interchange including showing collector-distributor roads either side of the Bruce Highway and across the Pine River up to Dohles Rocks Road. A shared pathway is shown east of the Bruce Highway and collector-distributor roads from Bruce Highway merge up to Dohles Rocks Road.

The proposed Moreton Connector is shown east of Bruce Highway from Dohles Rocks Road to Anzac Avenue.

New north-facing ramps, southbound exit and northbound entry ramps to Dohles Rocks Road are depicted.

Future stages of upgrades to Bruce Highway from Dohles Rocks Road to Anzac Avenue are shown including collector-distributor roads either side of the highway and shared path east of the highway.

Community consultation

We want to know what you think about options being considered during the business case phase.

Let us know what's important to you by having your say or talk to our project team at one of our community drop-in sessions:

Date Time Location
Saturday 12 November 2022 9am–12pm John Oxley Reserve
Ogg Road
MURRUMBA DOWNS  QLD  4503
Monday 14 November 2022
4pm–7pm
Bald Hills Scout Hall
508 Bracken Ridge Road
BALD HILLS  QLD  4036
Saturday 19 November 2022
9am–12pm  Sandgate Scout Hall
134 Brighton Road
SANDGATE  QLD  4017
Tuesday 22 November 2022 4pm–7pm

North Lakes Community Centre
Meeting room 1, Level 2
10 The Corso,
NORTH LAKES  QLD  4509

All feedback received during community consultation will be considered as part of the planning for the upgrades.

Previous consultation

We would like to thank key stakeholders and the community for the feedback that was provided in the community consultation from July to September 2020.

View the 2020 Gateway Motorway and Bruce Highway community consultation summary report.

Community impacts

We recognise these upgrades will create changes to the local area. The project is committed to minimising these impacts as much as possible as planning progresses, which includes:

  • Property:Some property impacts are expected from the upgrades and the department is engaging with potentially impacted property owners.
  • Environmental management: There will impacts to some surrounding wetlands and park areas. The department is working to minimise these impacts wherever possible with local environmental and community groups.
  • Noise:Planning will consider potential changes to road traffic noise. This will include identifying potential noise treatments. such as noise barriers.

For more information about property, environmental management and noise please contact our project team.

Sustainability

The department incorporates social, environmental and economic costs and benefits when assessing and delivering infrastructure projects. These broad elements of sustainability are implemented through use of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council (ISC) Rating Tool. The ISC program incentivises a range of sustainable initiatives, including best practice pollution control, ecology protection, community engagement and resource use.

This project will pursue the achievement of an Infrastructure Sustainability Council rating of ‘Excellent’ across both design and construction.

To achieve this, the project is committed to continually improve on our design and construction methods to achieve net positive impacts for society and the environment through the following objectives:

  • engage with local communities and key stakeholders in the planning, design and construction of the project
  • protect and enhance natural environmental values
  • embedding sustainability into core business systems and processes in the planning, design, construction and operation of the project
  • build in resilience and adaptation to climate change and natural hazards
  • implement circular economy principles, by minimising material use and maximising reuse and recycling of waste
  • reduce pollution
  • natural and cultural heritage values are protected and promoted
  • foster a culture of sustainability and capacity building across all levels of the project and beyond
  • develop active transport and accessibility improvements for the community as part of the transport network
  • a sustainable workforce.

For more information on sustainability measures for the project please contact our project team.