Site navigation
Department of Transport and Main Roads

Case study: Bruce Highway upgrade - Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway

To encourage and enable more Queenslanders to ride bicycles, our Cycling Infrastructure Policy requires all transport projects on the Principal Cycle Network to explicitly provide active transport facilities within the project's scope. 

The Bruce Highway between Caloundra Road and Sunshine Motorway interchanges is a principal cycle route.

Improving connectivity and providing safe and sustainable facilities for people riding bikes between Caloundra Road, Steve Irwin Way and Tanawha Tourist Drive was a key consideration of the Bruce Highway, Caloundra to Sunshine Motorway, upgrade completed in July 2021.

The project delivered more than 9km of dedicated bicycle lanes and shared pathways for bike riders and pedestrians. 

Outcomes and benefits 

By applying the Cycling Infrastructure Policy, high-quality active transport infrastructure has been delivered significantly cheaper and more efficiently as part of the broader road upgrade project, compared to being retrofitted later. 

Infrastructure delivered has:

  • improved safety and connections for bike riders and people walking
  • increased opportunities for residents and visitors to travel by bike between Meridan Plains and Glenview in the south, to Sippy Downs and Tanawha in the north.

Active transport facilities delivered include:

  • a 3m wide off-road shared pathway running the entire length of the new Frizzo Connection Road from Glenview in the south to Sippy Downs in the north, providing bike riders and pedestrians a vital connection to local businesses along Frizzo Connection Road, and to existing on-road bicycle lanes at Steve Irwin Way and Tanawha Tourist Drive. 
  • a dedicated pedestrian and bike riding bridge at the Sippy Downs interchange, which has improved safety and access between Tanawha Tourist Drive and the educational, business and residential precincts at Sippy Downs. 
  • signalised crossings and off-road shared pathways throughout the majority of the new interchange at Caloundra Road, providing infrastructure that better accommodates pedestrian and bike rider movements, a vital east/west link between Steve Irwin Way at Glenview and Caloundra Road at Meridan Plains, and improved access to the local road network. 
  • a new shared pathway at the Pignata Road underpass, providing bike riders and pedestrians with easy connections to a new car pool facility on Pignata Road and local businesses on Frizzo Connection Road.

The upgraded intersections at both the Caloundra Road and Sippy Downs interchanges also cater for on-road and off-road bike riding.

Aerial view of the Sippy Downs interchange.
Image description: Sippy Downs interchange with active transport bridge

Aerial view of the Sunshine Coast Motorway interchange.
Image description: Sunshine Motorway Interchange

Watch a rendered project flyover video of the Bruce Highway Upgrade - Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway below.   

Show/hide transcript

Last updated 28 March 2024