Bruce Highway Upgrade Works At Sunshine Coast About To Start

Bruce Highway Upgrade Works At Sunshine Coast About To Start

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey

Bruce Highway Upgrade Powers Into 2019

Victor P Taffa

Big changes are coming for motorists in 2019 as construction on one of the Sunshine Coast’s largest projects moves ahead.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the landmark project would improve safety, increase efficiency and reduce congestion on the Bruce Highway.

“Around the country, we are investing to bust congestion and make roads safer.” Deputy Prime Minister McCormack said.

 

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said an early preview of the new interchange had been released on TMR’s website to give the community a first look at the coming changes.

“From the new Diverging Diamond Interchange at Caloundra Road, through to the new Sunshine Motorway interchange and upgrades at Sippy Downs, this area is undergoing a complete transformation.” Minister Bailey said.

“It’s a transformation that will provide more safer and smooth connections from the Bruce Highway to central parts of the Sunshine Coast for the more than 63,000 motorists who drive this stretch each day.”

“Construction is expected to continue until late 2020 so we thank motorists and the community for their patience.” Minister Bailey said.

Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said one of the Sunshine Coast’s most notorious intersections near Exit 194, which locals know as Wilson Road, will be removed this year as the new Sunshine Motorway interchange takes shape.

“Locally, this intersection is known as a high crash zone and Sunshine Coast motorists have been calling for its removal for many years.” Mr. Wallace said.

Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien said the Sunshine Motorway interchange will improve safety by replacing the intersection with an on-ramp for northbound motorists and a new two lane exit to the Sunshine Motorway.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Sunshine Motorway intersection at Wilson Road will progressively be removed as major construction continues, with several traffic changes required to maintain traffic flow and access through the project area.” Mr. O’Brien said.

$812.95 Million Bruce Highway Upgrade from Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway is funded on an 80/20 basis with the Federal Government contributing $650.36 Million and the Queensland Government contributing $162.59 Million

 

Abbreviations:

TMR                Transport and Main Roads