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

Bruce Highway upgrade powers into 2019

Media Release

MM029/2019

11 February 2019

Joint release with:

The Hon Mark Bailey

QLD Minister for Transport and Main Roads State Member for Miller

Big changes are coming for motorists in 2019 as construction on one of the Sunshine Coast’s largest projects moves ahead.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the landmark project would improve safety, increase efficiency and reduce congestion on the Bruce Highway.

“Around the country, we are investing to bust congestion and make roads safer,” Mr McCormack said.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said an early preview of the new interchange had been released on TMR’s website to give the community a first look at the coming changes.

“From the new Diverging Diamond Interchange at Caloundra Road, through to the new Sunshine Motorway interchange and upgrades at Sippy Downs, this area is undergoing a complete transformation,” Mr Bailey said.

“It’s a transformation that will provide more safer and smooth connections from the Bruce Highway to central parts of the Sunshine Coast for the more than 63,000 motorists who drive this stretch each day.

“The artist’s impressions we’ve released give the community a closer look at the new infrastructure that is being delivered as part of the upgrade.

“Construction is expected to continue until late 2020 so we thank motorists and the community for their patience.”

Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said one of the Sunshine Coast’s most notorious intersections near Exit 194, which locals know as Wilson Road, will be removed this year as the new Sunshine Motorway interchange takes shape.

“Locally, this intersection is known as a high crash zone and Sunshine Coast motorists have been calling for its removal for many years,” Mr Wallace said.

Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien said the Sunshine Motorway interchange will improve safety by replacing the intersection with an on-ramp for northbound motorists and a new two lane exit to the Sunshine Motorway.

“The Sunshine Motorway intersection at Wilson Road will progressively be removed as major construction continues, with several traffic changes required to maintain traffic flow and access through the project area,” Mr O’Brien said.

The $812.95 million Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway is funded on an 80/20 basis with the Australian Government contributing $650.36 million and the Queensland Government contributing $162.59 million

For more information about the project, or to view the artist’s impressions visit: https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/B/Bruce-Highway-Caloundra-Road-to-Sunshine-Motorway-upgrade.

For information about traffic changes and to plan your journey, visit QldTraffic: www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au.