Major construction begins on Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway

30 May 2017

Construction has officially started on the $929.3m Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester and State Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey were on the Sunshine Coast last week to turn the sod on the much needed upgrade.

In a joint venture with Jacobs, Arup is providing design services for the project which will increase safety and ease congestion for the 40,000 motorists who use the Caloundra Road and Sunshine Motorway interchanges daily.

The project involves an upgrade of the Bruce Highway to six lanes, including major upgrades to both interchanges and the delivery of a new two-way western service road for local traffic between Steve Irwin Way and Tanawha Tourist Drive.

The works also include transforming the Caloundra Road interchange into a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI), the first to be built in Australia. The DDI is a unique design for reducing traffic congestion and improving safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. It also uses a smaller footprint than traditional interchange designs.

“Arup is excited to see work begin on this strategically important link of the Bruce Highway. By incorporating a Diverging Diamond Interchange, we will significantly reduce the interchange footprint, improve traffic flow, and reduce the construction cost when compared to the equivalent traditional design solution.”

– Lee Hudson, Design Director, Arup

Major construction is expected to be completed by late 2020, weather permitting.

This project is jointly funded by the Australian and State Governments.

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  • The current Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway section of the Bruce Highway © Department of Transport and Main RoadsOpen gallery

    The current Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway section of the Bruce Highway. Photo courtesy of the Department of Transport and Main Roads.