Multi-million dollar Bruce Highway upgrade revealed

The design layout for the $929.3 million Bruce Highway upgrade between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway will be on show at public displays on the Sunshine Coast over coming weeks.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project involved upgrading the Queensland highway to six lanes. “The upgrade will include major upgrades to both interchanges, increase capacity and provide safer, more efficient travel for people and industry along this stretch,” he said.

The project has been jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments. One notable plan is the transformation of the existing Caloundra Road interchange into an Australian-first, diverging diamond interchange.

Federal Member for Fisher, Andrew Wallace, said that beyond the safety and time benefits for local motorists, the project was another critical part in the wider Bruce Highway upgrade programme. “The Bruce Highway is Queensland's major north-south road corridor, and upgrading the highway will allow Australia's freight industry to operate more efficiently,” he said.

The layout will continue to be further refined as detailed design progresses. Preliminary construction activities are expected to start in late 2016, followed by major construction in mid-2017. Weather permitting, the upgrade is expected to be completed in late 2020.

For more information on when and where to view the public displays, head to the Queensland Government website.

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