The Bruce Highway Upgrade at the Deception Bay Road Interchange is taking shape, with the new northbound exit ramp now open to Old Gympie Road.
The $163.3 million project, part of the multi billion dollar Bruce Highway Upgrade project, is providing two new parallel bridges over the Bruce Highway and removing the existing two-lane bridge.
With the new exit ramp to Deception Bay Road open, temporary traffic arrangements are now in place for the northbound ramp to the Bruce Highway. Work is also progressing well to build the first of two new bridges over the highway.
Traffic is expected to be running on the first of the two new bridges early next year, weather and construction conditions permitting. Once the first new bridge is built, Deception Bay Road traffic will be transferred onto it to allow demolition of the old bridge.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the project is powering ahead since work began late last year.
“It’s great to see construction well underway to upgrade this busy Bruce Highway interchange at Burpengary. The opening of this ramp is a major step forward,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the $163.3 million project was also a boost for active transport and jobs in the North Coast region.
“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to delivering improved roads and transport infrastructure on the Sunshine Coast through our record $27.5 billion roads and transport plan,” Mr Bailey said.
“Of this, nearly $3 billion will be delivered in the North Coast Region, estimated to support an average of 2640 direct jobs over the life of the program.
“At Deception Bay Road, the upgrade includes new facilities for people walking and riding bikes which will make the interchange much safer for all.”
The Bruce Highway Upgrade – Deception Bay Road Interchange is funded on an 80/20 basis, with the Australian Government contributing $130.64 million and Queensland Government contributing $32.66 million.
Major construction started in November 2020 and is expected to be completed in early 2023, weather and construction conditions permitting.
For more information, visit https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/projects/bruce-highway-deception-bay-road-interchange.