Bruce Highway upgrades driving Cooroy in the right direction

Media Release

WT213/2014

27 October 2014

Joint release with:

Scott Emerson

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads

Motorists should be on the lookout for changed traffic conditions around the Cooroy Southern Interchange being built as part of the $590 million Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra Section A upgrade project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project is progressing well and the traffic changes are required so the next stages of construction can begin.

“The changes will enable earthworks get underway for the new 6 kilometre northbound highway lanes between the Cooroy southern interchange and Cudgerie Drive, as well as the upgrade of the Cooroy Southern Interchange,” Mr Truss said.

“When complete, the project will deliver a new 13.5km four-lane divided highway between the existing interchange south of Cooroy and the upgraded section of highway near Federal. The Cooroy to Curra Section A upgrade is one of Queensland's highest priority road projects, with work due to be completed in 2016, weather permitting.”

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson said the project was an important part of the Spruce the Bruce campaign to provide better infrastructure and planning as part of a strong plan for a brighter future for all motorists.

“In late September, northbound traffic began merging to one lane, about 1 kilometre south of the previous merge location, to create a safer working zone for the construction team,” Mr Emerson said.

“Motorists entering the highway southbound via the Myall Street on-ramp are urged to drive with care and stick to the reduced speed limit. Changed traffic conditions are also in place on the Cooroy southern interchange connection road and Holts Road while realignment works are carried out.

“Another traffic switch will happen next month just south of the Cooroy southern interchange and involve single northbound and southbound traffic lanes. It will be in place until early 2015. As changes to traffic conditions continue I urge all motorists to obey signage and speed limits to ensure the safety of workers on the project and all motorists.”

Motorists can keep informed about traffic changes by subscribing to a free SMS and email update subscription service that is available at the project's website www.tmr.qld.gov.au/sectiona.

Road users are also encouraged to visit www.131940.qld.gov.au or phone 13 19 40 for up-to-date information about traffic disruptions.

The Australian and Queensland governments are each contributing $295 million to the Section A project.