The contract for the $301.25 million upgrade of the Bruce Highway at Forrest Glen has been awarded to a John Holland and Seymour Whyte Joint Venture.
Motorists have also seen a preview of this upgrade, with animated concepts depicting how the upgraded highway interchanges at Maroochydore Road and Mons Road will work.
Major construction on the project will include a new four-lane eastbound bridge at the Maroochydore Road interchange over the Bruce Highway, upgrades to the Mons Road interchange, new two-way service roads on the western and eastern sides of the Bruce Highway and active transport provisions for cyclists and pedestrians through the Maroochydore Road interchange.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the project was part of the $12.6 billion, 15-year Bruce Highway Upgrade Program pipeline of investment from the Federal and Queensland Governments.
“As part of our commitment to improving the safety, reliability and performance of our national highways, the Australian Government has committed $241 million to upgrade the Maroochydore Road and Mons Road interchanges,” Mr. McCormack said.
“John Holland Seymour Whyte Joint Venture has secured the construction contract and I look forward to seeing work on the ground beginning in coming weeks.”
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the project was one of four major jointly-funded Bruce Highway upgrades worth almost $2.8 billion being delivered between Caboolture and Gympie in the coming years.
“Work is nearing completion on the massive upgrade between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway, but that is just an entrée to what lies ahead for the Sunshine Coast,” Mr. Bailey said.
“The project at Forest Glen will be quickly followed by work starting on the $1 billion Gympie Bypass and then later this year, the upgrade of the highway between Caboolture and the southern Steve Irwin Way exit to six lanes.”
Mr. Bailey said the interchange upgrades at Maroochydore and Mons Road will support more than 380 jobs as well as providing stimulus for local businesses in the supply chain.
Major construction is set to be complete in late 2022. The project is jointly funded by the Federal Government ($241 million) and the Queensland Government ($60.25 million).
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