Major Works commence for the Cooroy to Curra Section C project on the Bruce Highway South of Gympie

Media Release


08 March 2016

Joint release with:

Warren Truss

Federal Member for Wide Bay

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Today the first sod has been turned for major works on the $384.24 million Cooroy to Curra Section C project which will widen the Bruce Highway to four lanes between the Traveston interchange and the proposed Woondum interchange, south of Gympie.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the new four-lane highway would address safety and capacity issues on a 10.5 kilometre section of the Bruce Highway—Cooroy to Curra Section C project.

“The Cooroy to Curra upgrade will save lives, support industries reliant on efficient freight transport, provide employment for local communities and make travelling to regional centres a more appealing prospect for overseas and interstate visitors,” Mr Chester said.

Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss participated in the sod turning ceremony on behalf of the Australian Government.

“I have seen a range of milestones reached on the Bruce Highway over many years, and today's sod turn continues the Australian Government's commitment to fix the Bruce Highway,” Mr Truss said.

“Section C is the third of four major Bruce Highway—Cooroy to Curra upgrade projects, with Section A from the Cooroy Southern interchange to Sankey's Road nearing completion, Section B between Federal and Traveston completed in 2012 and Section D, where planning and detailed design is underway from the Woondum Interchange to Curra.”

Queensland Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the new highway would be safer, and better able to meet road and freight and transport needs in the region with improved flood immunity.

“It will also bring much-needed jobs to the area, with initial estimates suggesting an average of

684 direct jobs will be supported over the life of the project,” Mr Bailey said.

“A new interchange at Woondum will be constructed south of the original location to provide flexibility for future expansion. The new ramp connections will allow for all freight access and have been designed to enable an upgrade to a full interchange, should such works be needed and funded in future.

“Major works on Section C are expected to be completed by mid-2018, weather permitting.”

The $384.24 million Bruce Highway—Cooroy to Curra—Section C project is jointly funded with the Australian Government providing $307.4 million and the Queensland Government $76.84 million.