Milestones for QLD’s Bruce Highway Upgrade

Queensland's Bruce Highway, northbound.
The Bruce Highway. Image courtesy of the Queensland Government.

Queensland’s $662.5 million Bruce Highway Upgrade project is approaching two key milestones.

In the next week, southbound motorists on the highway will be realigned on to a new, wider road between Six Mile Creek and Pumicestone Road.

Soon thereafter, the opening of the realigned Steve Irwin Way southbound entry ramp to the Bruce Highway will also take place. Once complete, the new ramp will flow directly to an additional third lane of the highway, greatly improving safety and traffic flow.

The two milestones follow the switch of northbound Bruce Highway traffic onto the new southbound carriageway between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Pumicestone Road, which took place last Friday.

The temporary diversion will be in place until early 2023, allowing for works to begin on three northbound lanes and two bridges.

The Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163) is jointly funded, with the Federal Government committing $530 million and the Queensland Government committing $132.5 million.

The project will widen the 11-kilometre stretch of the Bruce Highway from four to six lanes between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163).

Mark Bailey, Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister, said the works were a result of the state’s $29.7 billion infrastructure investment pipeline.

“Widening this stretch between Caboolture and Beerburrum plays a key role in keeping traffic on Queensland’s longest and busiest highway flowing,” he said.

Catherine King, Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister, said the Federal Government understood the important of the Bruce Highway as Queensland’s transport artery.

“This project and others like it are coming to life at a crucial time, when Queensland is experiencing rapid population growth,” she said.

“This project is part of our long-term partnership to upgrade the Bruce Highway, improving safety, flood resilience and capacity along the highway between Brisbane and Cairns.”

The project is being delivered by contractors Acciona Infrastructure Projects Australia and Fulton Hogan, supporting an average of 664 direct jobs over its life.

It is due for completion in late 2023, weather and construction conditions permitting.

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