Another key milestone for the Bruce Highway Upgrade at Cooroy
20 January 2016
Joint release with:
Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports
The Bruce highway's southbound on-ramp at Myall Street has been closed to traffic which is being diverted via a temporary on-ramp at the Cooroy southern interchange.
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said over the coming weeks a number of other significant traffic switches will happen at the interchange as part of the $490 million Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra—Section A project.
“Motorists using the Bruce Highway between the Cooroy southern interchange and the Mary River Road overpass at Cooroy are being diverted onto a new 3.1 kilometre section of road,” Mr Truss said.
“This traffic switch links up to the recently completed section of Bruce Highway between Mary River Road and Cudgerie Drive, meaning motorists now travel on more than eight kilometres of the new highway alignment.
“Diverting traffic onto the new northbound carriageway, temporarily one lane in each direction, will allow construction of the new southbound lanes to progress.
“As part of this traffic switch, the southbound off-ramp at Cooroy southern interchange (Exit 230) will close temporarily until mid-2016, weather permitting. Southbound traffic for Cooroy and Noosa will need to exit the highway via the new Cooroy northern interchange off-ramp at Pomona (Exit 237).”
Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said when completed, Section A will deliver a new 13.5 kilometre, four-lane divided highway between the Cooroy southern interchange and the recently completed section of highway at Federal.
Some local road closures and diversions will occur to allow upgrade works to progress including:
- The existing southbound on-ramp at Myall Street will close, and traffic will be diverted via a temporary on-ramp at the Cooroy southern interchange connection road;
- Traffic for Nandroya Road will be diverted in both directions via a side track. This will involve lane and shoulder closures and stop/go traffic control.
“There are a number of major traffic changes being implemented on and around the Bruce Highway in the coming months as project works ramp up, and I urge motorists to be patient, drive safely and observe traffic controls,” Mr Bailey said.
“The Queensland Government is delivering the road upgrades that Queensland needs for the future and these works will provide greater road safety, freight efficiency and improved travel times on the Bruce Highway,” Mr Bailey said.”
The $490 million project is jointly 50:50 funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments. The Section A project is expected to be completed by late 2016, weather permitting.