Major construction complete for busy Bruce Highway section

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Construction for the Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way section is now complete, with three lanes now open to traffic.

The Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163) has reached another key milestone, with three lanes now open to north and southbound traffic between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Pumicestone Road, Elimbah. 

The $662.5 million upgrade is jointly funded, with the Australian Government committing $530 million and the Queensland Government committing $132.5 million.

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 Australian Government’s investment is making a real difference to the safety, flood resilience and capacity of vital infrastructure,” says Australian Minister for Infrastructure Catherine King.

“This upgrade project is part of the 15-year, $13 billion Bruce Highway Upgrade Program, which will transform travel between Brisbane and Cairns,” says Australian Minister for Infrastructure Catherine King.

“Widening this stretch between Caboolture and Beerburrum will keep traffic flowing on Queensland’s longest and busiest highway,” says Australian Minister for Infrastructure Catherine King.

  • 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.
  • With the northbound lanes also opening last month, a temporary 100km/h speed limit is now in place both northbound and southbound on this section of the highway. The speed limit will be permanently increased to 110km/h through this section once the whole upgrade project, up to Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163), is completed in early 2024. 

“With major construction for the first of the two contracts now complete, motorists are enjoying the significant benefits the project is delivering, with three lanes of traffic moving smoothly in each direction along this key part of the Bruce Highway,” says Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey.

“This milestone follows another significant achievement for the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program recently, with completion of the Maroochydore Road and Mons Road Interchanges project in June 2023,” says Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey.

“The Maroochydore Road and Mons Road Interchanges project has improved safety and efficiency and significantly increased capacity at the interchanges, keeping traffic flowing on the Bruce Highway,” says Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey.

“This is a fantastic milestone for a project that will deliver benefits to residents and communities in North Brisbane and the North Coast areas for generations,” says Member for Morayfield Mark Ryan.

“With a total of ten new bridges, including two new three-lane northbound bridges that are 1.5-metres higher at King Johns and Lagoon creeks, the highway will be more resilient during significant wet weather events,” says Member for Morayfield Mark Ryan.

A temporary 100km/h speed limit is in place and will be permanently increased to 110km/h through this section once the whole project is completed.

The second contract is on track to finish in early 2024, following weather and construction industry impacts.

Click here to read more about this part of the Bruce Highway project.

Source: © Copyright, Commonwealth of Australia

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