Cooroy to Curra—Section A northern interchange gears up for opening

Media Release


31 March 2016

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Warren Truss

Member for Wide Bay

The new Cooroy northern interchange on the Bruce Highway will officially open from Monday 11 April.

Traffic on the Bruce Highway switches to a new seven kilometre highway alignment between Cudgerie Drive and Sankeys Road, as part of the Cooroy to Curra Section A project upgrades.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester, said the traffic switch would mark the completion of the second of three contracts being undertaken as part of the $490 million Bruce Highway—Cooroy to Curra Section A project.

“This project is about saving lives, reducing injuries on our roads and improving the productivity of the regional economy,” Mr Chester said.

“The Cooroy to Curra—Section A broader project will ultimately result in the upgrade of 13.5 kilometres of the Bruce Highway between the Cooroy southern interchange and Sankeys Road, to a four-lane divided highway.

“Opening the Cooroy northern interchange, and the new highway alignment between Cudgerie Drive, and the previously upgraded highway at Federal, represents a major milestone”.

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said the project would provide major safety and efficiency gains for motorists and heavy vehicle operators using the Bruce Highway.

“This highway is a major national transport link and improvements like these underpin future economic growth in the Sunshine Coast area and Queensland generally,” Mr Bailey said.

“Motorists should be aware that several temporary traffic changes and detours will be in place during the week before the traffic switch and the interchange opening, being planned for 4 April 2016.”

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Warren Truss attended the event on behalf of the Australian Government.

“The new interchange, located between Cudgerie Drive and Sankeys Road, will provide improved travel times in all directions, with two roundabouts allowing efficient connections between the highway and the local road network,” Mr Truss said.

“The existing highway will connect to Cooroy Connection Road and serve as a link to the local road network north of Cooroy.”

The Bruce Highway—Cooroy to Curra—Section A project is expected to be completed by late 2016, weather permitting.

The Australian Government has committed up to $245 million towards the $490 million Bruce Highway—Cooroy to Curra Section A project  in a 50:50 funding agreement between the Australian and Queensland governments.