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Arup and Jacobs appointed as designers for Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway

Therese Raft Therese Raft Australasia Press Office,Sydney
20 September 2016

In a joint venture with Jacobs, Arup has been appointed as designer for the Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture (FHSW JV) to construct the Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Delivered on behalf of the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, the $929.3 million project will see construction of a six-lane divided highway and provide major upgrades of the Caloundra Road and Sunshine Motorway interchanges in one of Queensland’s highest priority road projects.

The FHSW JV developed an innovative design solution that transforms 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.

The Arup Jacobs Design Joint Venture is proud to be selected to deliver the detailed design associated with this planned major upgrade for a strategically important link of the Bruce Highway. By adopting a highly innovative design layout and incorporating a Diverging Diamond Interchange, we specifically targeted a project footprint which significantly reduced associated impacts on the Beerwah State Forest which is a critical objective of the project. ” Lee Hudson Design Director

The Bruce Highway is a road of national significance for both passenger and freight travel in Australia. The upgrade is needed to deliver critical safety benefits to motorists, improve efficiency and reduce traffic congestion, and ensure the highway can meet the strategic transport needs of the Sunshine Coast region well into the future.

Detailed design and preliminary construction is expected to commence in late 2016, with major construction scheduled to start in mid-2017. The project is scheduled for completion in 2020, weather permitting.