Three lanes of traffic, including two new bridges are now open to traffic on the southbound section the $662.5 million Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way in Queensland.
Three lanes of traffic are now open and flowing on the southbound section of the Bruce Highway between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Pumicestone Road, Elimbah.
This includes two new southbound bridges at King Johns Creek and Lagoon Creek, with both new bridges 1.5-metres higher than the old structures, significantly improving flood immunity.
The project is being constructed in sections, using two separate construction contracts. The first will deliver the section from Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Pumicestone Road. This was awarded Acciona Infrastructure Projects Australia in September 2020, with works beginning in November 2020.
Contract two will deliver the section from Pumicestone Road to Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163). This was awarded to Fulton Hogan in March 2021.
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Australian Minister for Infrastructure Catherine King said the project will help to increase the safety, flood resiliency and capacity of the connection.
“This upgrade project is part of the 15-year, $13 billion Bruce Highway Upgrade Program, which will transform travel between Brisbane and Cairns,” King said.
“Widening this stretch between Caboolture and Beerburrum will keep traffic flowing on Queensland’s longest and busiest highway.”
The entire 11-kilometre upgrade is expected to be completed in early 2024, weather and construction conditions permitting. An average of 664 direct jobs will be supported over the life of the project.
The $662.5 million upgrade is jointly funded, with the Australian Government committing $530 million and the Queensland Government committing $132.5 million.