The $301.24 million Mons and Maroochydore interchange upgrade has reached three major milestones.
The project, part of the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program, is jointly funded by the Federal and Queensland governments on an 80:20 basis.
In the last month, two upgraded exit ramps and a new four-lane concrete bridge over the Bruce Highway have opened to traffic.
Northbound traffic exiting the Bruce Highway to Mons, Chevallum and Forest Glen is being directed onto the new Exit 200. The old Exit 200 has now closed and drivers are being diverted 1.2 kilometres south to the new exit.
Another upgraded exit has also opened for southbound traffic accessing Maroochydore Road and Nambour Connection Road from the highway. The upgraded Exit 201 is about 200 metres north of the old exit ramp.
Both upgraded exits are significantly longer and wider than the old ramps to provide more queuing space for traffic.
Meanwhile, traffic travelling from Maroochydore Road to Nambour Connection Road has been temporarily diverted onto the newly built Maroochydore Road interchange bridge, allowing for works on the existing westbound bridge.
Mark Bailey, Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister, said the Queensland Government was proud to be delivering a project that is driving both local jobs and progress on the state’s roads network.
“Right here at the Mons and Maroochydore roads interchanges, the new Exit 200 and Exit 201 are significantly longer and wider making it safer when exiting the highway and reduce queuing,” he said.
“It’s because of the hard work and advocacy from our strong local MPs that we can deliver better roads for the people of the Sunshine Coast.”
Catherine King, Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister, said the Federal Government was continuing to invest in projects to make Queensland roads safer and more efficient.
“It’s terrific to see work progressing so well on this major infrastructure project, which will make it safer and more efficient for people traffic to and from the Bruce Highway,” she said.
“Building a new bridge in a live traffic environment is no small feat, so I’m pleased to see work now complete and the bridge in use to the benefit of local motorists.”
Major construction on the project is being delivered by the John Holland Seymour Whyte Joint Venture.
It is due for completion by mid-2023, weather and construction conditions pending.
For more information, visit: www.tmr.qld.gov.au