Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Six-laning the Bruce Highway to Steve Irwin Way a step closer

Media Release

MM027/2019

06 February 2019

Joint release with:

The Hon Mark Bailey

QLD Minister for Transport and Main Roads State Member for Miller

Andrew Wallace MP

Federal Member for Fisher

Detailed design to widen the Bruce Highway to six lanes between Caboolture and Steve Irwin Way is about to start, setting the project up for a 2020 construction start date.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said design was due to start on the $662.5 million jointly-funded project.

“We are committed to busting congestion and making roads safer around Australia,” Mr McCormack said.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the project was one of four major Bruce Highway upgrades either under construction or being planned between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

“Construction on the major upgrade between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway is powering ahead and is on track to be completed by late 2020,” Mr Bailey said.

“As well as the 11-kilometre stretch we are planning to upgrade between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and the southern end of Steve Irwin Way, we also expect construction to start on the $150 million Deception Bay Road Interchange and $105 million Managed Motorways projects in 2020 too.

“These are projects that will make a massive difference on the journey between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, and all are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022, weather and construction conditions permitting.”

Mr Bailey said construction companies interested in being involved with the Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way project would be notified closer to the start of construction through the Queensland Government's eTender website.

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said the upgrade will widen the highway from four to six lanes and improve flood immunity from Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way (exit number 163).

“The project will also replace 10 bridges over Lagoon Creek, King Johns Creek, Six Mile Creek, Rose Creek and Beerburrum Creek,” Mr Wallace said.

“An average of 65,000 vehicles travel the Bruce Highway, between Caboolture and Beerburrum per day so this upgrade will significantly boost safety and improve capacity.

“No matter where you live, we are investing to make sure you can get home sooner and safer, and I am pleased to see this important project one step closer to becoming a reality.”

For further details about planning for the Bruce Highway between Pine River and Caloundra, please visit tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/B/Bruce-Highway-Pine-River-to-Caloundra-Road-Interchange-Planning-Project.