Contracts up for grabs to build $662m QLD Bruce Highway upgrade

Monica Gameng   |   February 29, 2020

Another Bruce Highway upgrade in Queensland is one step closer to commencing works as contracts are being advertised for the construction of the $662.5 million upgrade project between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163).

“The Expression of Interest process is the next major step in this project, which will future-proof one of Australia’s most significant freight corridors,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said.

According to Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey, this project is just one of the major upgrades to the Bruce Highway that has secured funding and it is expected to support up to 700 jobs.

“The upgrade between Caloundra Road and Sunshine Motorway has really started to take shape and has transformed that key turn-off of the Sunshine Coast.

“Later this year, construction will start on the final major upgrade between Cooroy and Curra, as well as on the Mons Road and Maroochydore Road interchanges.

“Together, these projects worth more than two billion dollars and are set to transform about 140kms of the Bruce Highway from Caboolture to Curra in the coming years, keeping pace with growth and providing a quicker trip to the beach for visitors to the region,” Mr Bailey said.

bhu-cab-bribie-siw-layout-1118Source: Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads

The Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way upgrade will widen an 11-kilometre section of the Bruce Highway from four to six lanes between the interchange at Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and the southern end of Steve Irwin Way.

“Improving flood immunity on the Bruce is critical to supporting our freight network and maintaining access to our communities during severe weather events,” Federal Member for Longman Terry Young said.

In addition, this major Bruce Highway project will also include the construction of 10 new three-lane bridges at Lagoon Creek, King Johns Creek, Six Mile Creek, Rose Creek and Beerburrum Creek - all that could withstand a 1-in-100-year flood.

“Reducing the highway’s potential to be cut off during major flood events is a key part of the design in this upgrade.

“These works will not only improve the highway’s capacity and flood immunity, but also increase the shoulder width to allow vehicles to safely pull over in case of a crash or emergency while allowing traffic to continue to flow,” Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said.

This $662.5 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments on an 80/20 basis, with each contributing $530 million and $132.5 million respectively.

This upgrade is being delivered as part of the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program (BHUP), which is set to deliver approximately $12.6 billion worth of works over a 15-year period.

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Source: Queensland Government (1, 2); Big Rigs; Mirage News

Monica Gameng
As Felix's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1,000 posts. She truly is an industry expert.
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