Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway tender process begins

Media Release


09 September 2015

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Mal Brough

Member for Fisher

Expressions of interest have been called for more than $1 billion in works to upgrade a seven kilometre stretch of the Bruce Highway between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said prospective contractors had until 1 October to submit expressions of interest for the Bruce Highway—Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway project.

“When completed, this project will deliver major road safety and efficiency improvements that will make a big difference to people driving this section of the highway,” Mr Truss said.

Minister for Main Roads Mark Bailey said the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads would review each design and provide a recommendation for the final award of contract by mid next year.

“The project remains on track, with construction expected to start in late 2016. Under a selection process known as ‘double early contractor involvement’, two contractors will be chosen to work with TMR to develop a design that meets the required performance standards—including maximising environmental outcomes,” Mr Bailey said.

Federal Member for Fisher Mal Brough said the selection process will ensure the project is delivered using the most innovative design and construction methods the private sector had to offer.

“The revised preferred planning layout, which was released in July this year, established the basic structure within which the contractors should work. This included the requirement that this busy section of the highway should be widened from four to six lanes and, in line with national highway standards, the posted speed limit being increased to 110km/ h,” Mr Brough said.

“The Australian Government is confident that when this upgrade is complete, it will reduce traffic congestion and ensure a safer road environment that can accommodate future growth.”

Mr Bailey said the concerns of the Sunshine Coast community had been considered throughout the process, with the revised preferred planning layout reducing impacts on the Beerwah State Forest by 11 hectares.

“I have committed to meet with the Save the Steve Irwin Way Forest Group and Sunshine Coast Environment Council this week, and have also instructed the Department to work with contractors through this next phase to further minimise impacts to the Beerwah State Forest and improve access for the businesses in the Aussie World tourist precinct,” he said.

More than 150 industry representatives attended an information session last week to be briefed on the project's procurement process. The project is jointly funded with the Australian Government committing $907 million and the Queensland Government $227 million.