Unveiling ‘signs’ of progress on Cooroy to Curra upgrade
16 October 2015
Joint release with:
Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports
The Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra upgrade is moving to the next stage, with new signage unveiled today for the Section C project.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss did the honours and said the Section C upgrade will realign the Bruce Highway between the Traveston Interchange and the proposed Woondum Interchange.
“The Cooroy to Curra project is supporting more than 680 jobs in the region and will improve road safety and reduce congestion on this heavily used part of the highway,” Mr Truss said.
“The first stage Expression of Interest (EOI) for the major works tender for Stage C was called on 30 September 2015 which means the tender process is well under way.
“Construction has already started on the Gympie city exit as part of the early works package, continuing our commitment to fix the Bruce Highway. These works were fast-tracked due to the pressing need to address safety concerns on the 3.4km section of Bruce Highway just south of Gympie.”
Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the tender process for the major works contract between Traveston and Woondum will be a two-stage approach, with the current Stage One Expression of Interest (EOI) closing on Monday, 19 October 2015.
“The first stage will require contractors to outline their experience in delivering major infrastructure projects with a strong focus on the management of endangered fauna, and the use of effective erosion and sediment control,” Mr Bailey said.
“The Department will release the Stage Two tender to shortlisted contractors in November 2015 and it is anticipated that the successful tenderer will be announced in early 2016 to enable construction to begin as soon as possible.
“Works are expected to be completed by late 2018.”
Improvements to the Traveston Road interchange to Woondum section will include construction of 8.8 kilometres of a four-lane dual carriageway and a central concrete barrier from Traveston Road interchange to Woondum Road.
A new interchange at Woondum and major waterway crossing structures over Traveston Creek, Cobbs Gully and Jackass Creek will also be built.
The project is jointly funded based on an 80:20 funding contribution between the Australian and Queensland Governments.