Bruce Highway Upgrade




PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
Bruce Highway Upgrade
Caboolture-Bribie Island Road Interchange to Steve Irwin Way
Cairns Ring Road
Mackay Ring Road - Stage 2
Cooroy to Curra - Section D - Northern Contract
Cooroy to Curra - Section D - Southern Contract
Maroochydore Road Interchange Project
Rockhampton Ring Road
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.

Credibly proposed

The project or divestment is supported by a state, territory or major local government, is subject to studies or other processes (such as pre-feasibility or scoping studies or business case development), and is likely to proceed to formal announcement.   

Announced

The project has a firm commitment and timeline from a state, territory or major local government, but has not yet entered the market.

Under procurement

The project or transaction is under procurement (such as a call for Expressions of Interest, requests for tender, or another offer to the market).

Preferred bidder announced

A preferred bidder has been selected and is in exclusive negotiations.

Recently closed

Projects that have progressed to contractual close remain on ANZIP for 12 months.

ANZIP is focused only on major infrastructure activity, above the following thresholds:

Australia

Construction projects: > AUD$300m

Investable greenfield & brownfield: > AUD$100m

New Zealand

All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million


STATUS: Under procurement
SECTOR: Road
JURISDICTION: QLD, Commonwealth
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

Project Scope

The 1,700 kilometre Bruce Highway is Queensland's major north-south road corridor, connecting coastal population centres from Brisbane to Cairns and supporting around 58 per cent of Queensland's population.

The main projects which have not yet commenced delivery include:

  • Pine River to Caloundra Road Interchange Upgrade
  • Mackay Ring Road, and
  • Cooroy to Curra Upgrade (Section D).

 

The Cooroy to Curra project is among Queensland's highest priority road projects, which consists of four parts:

Section A: Cooroy southern interchange to Sankeys Road

Section B: Sankeys Road to Traveston Road

Section C: Traveston to Woondum

Section D: Woondum to Curra, including the Gympie bypass. A 26km highway section, includes a bypass of Gympie with the corridor running east of the town, close to the railway line until Old Maryborough Road. It will then travel through the edge of Curra State Forest to minimise the impact on private land.

Sections A, B and C are already completed.

Other projects which do not meet the ANZIP threshold include:

  • Townsville Ring Road – Stage 4 ($200 million - awarded to Seymour Whyte in September 2014)
  • Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 4 ($135 million - awarded to Georgiou Koppen Joint Venture in August 2018)
  • Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade – Stage 1 ($121 million - awarded to a McIlwain and SGQ Joint Venture in November 2018)
  • Deception Bay Road Interchange Upgrade ($150 million - awarded to BMD Constructions in September 2020)
  • Cattle and Frances Creek Upgrade ($118.9 million - awarded to BMD Constructions in February 2017)
  • Tiaro Flood Immunity Upgrade ($107 million), and
  • Saltwater Creek Upgrade ($103 million).

 


 

Funding

Federal Government:
The Commonwealth Government has committed $10 billion to a 14 year Bruce Highway Upgrade Programme from 2013-14 as part of the Infrastructure Investment Programme. The overall programme includes over 30 individual projects along the highway's length.

In the 2018-19 Federal Budget, the Federal Government allocated $3.3 billion towards the Bruce Highway Upgrades project over the next 10 years. However, details of the funding profile and commencement date were not provided in the Budget.

The 2019-20 Federal Budget allocated a further $425.4 million towards Bruce Highway upgrades over the forward estimates and beyond. Specifically, this includes $180 million for the Cairns Southern Access corridor, $144 million for stage five of the Townsville Ring Road and an additional $91.4 million for the Maroochydore Road Interchange Upgrade. Funding contributions will be made from FY2019-20 to FY2027-28.

The 2020-21 Federal Budget allocated a further $201.2 million towards Bruce Highway upgrades over the forward estimates, to be divided between the Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway, and other project components which do not meet the ANZIP threshold including: Rockhampton Norther Access Upgrade, Burdekin Bridge Upgrade, Babinda Intersection Upgrade, Cairns Southern Access Corridor - Stage 4 - Kate to Aumuller, and Bruce Highway Upgrade Strategy.

 


 

The Bruce Highway Trust


In 2017, the Queensland Government established the Bruce Highway Trust – with the stated objective to strengthen long-term investment certainty and develop a 15-year plan for the Bruce Highway pipeline. The Queensland Government will commit at least $200 million annually to the Trust, with an initial injection of $175 million.

Representatives from the Queensland Department of Transport, Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development are members of the Trust.

 


 

Further Information

Infrastructure Australia lists the Upgrade Programme as a Priority Initiative in its Infrastructure Priority List with a near to medium term problem time frame (0-10 years).



Last reviewed: 27/10/2020

Caboolture-Bribie Island Road Interchange to Steve Irwin Way


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Caboolture-Bribie Island Road Interchange to Steve Irwin Way

STATUS: Under procurement
VALUE: $662.5M AUD
SECTOR: Road
JURISDICTION: QLD,Commonwealth
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

Project Scope

The Federal and Queensland Governments will jointly fund the upgrade of an 11-kilometre section of the Bruce Highway between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road interchange and the Steve Irwin Way interchange.

The project will expand the highway from two to three lanes in each direction and provide emergency stopping bays and safety barriers.

The project includes new bridge structures and creek crossings, as well as improvements to interchange entry and exit ramps.

The upgrade will make allowance for future implementation of Smart Motorways technology.

 


 

Key Dates

Late 2020: Contract One to be awarded and construction is expected to commence

Mid 2021: Contract Two to be awarded and construction is expected to commence

Early 2023: Project completion is expected on both sections

 


 

Procurement

 

Transport and Main Roads (TMR) Queensland announced they will procure the Caboolture-Bribie Island Road Interchange to Steve Irwin Way project as two separate contracts.

Contract 1 – Caboolture-Bribie Island Road Interchange to Pumicestone Road Interchange.

Contract 2 – Pumicestone Road Interchange to Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163) Interchange.

Tenderers (ROI/EOI): In February 2020, the Queensland Government called for Expressions of Interest for the project. The Government intends to award two construction only contracts to two separate entities through a three-stage procurement process. A compulsory pre-close tender meeting was held on 13 February 2020. EOIs close on 4 March 2020.

Shortlists (RFP/RFT): 

In April 2020, the Queensland Government shortlisted five proponents to deliver Contract 1 and Contract 2. The four unsuccessful tenderers from Contract 1 will be invited to tender for Contract 2. The successful proponents will be announced after contract is awarded.

In September 2020, The Queensland Government issued a Request for Tender (RFT) for the second contract of the project to the four shortlisted proponents that were unsuccessful in the tender for the first contract. A compulsory Pre-close Tender meeting will be held on 30th September. Tenders are due 29 October.

Successful Tenderers:

In September 2020, the Queensland Government has announced ACCIONA Infrastructure Project Australia, formerly Lendlease Engineering, as the preferred tenderer to deliver Contract 1.

 


 

Funding

Federal Government: The project is funded on an 80 / 20 basis with the Federal Government contributing $530 million

QLD Government: Queensland Government is contributing $132.5 million.

 


 

Further Information

In November 2019, Infrastructure Australia endorsed the business case for Bruce Highway widening between Caboolture and Steve Irwin Way and added it as a Priority Project on the Infrastructure Priority List. This forms part of the larger program of work for upgrading the Bruce Highway.



Last reviewed: 02/10/2020

Cairns Ring Road


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Cairns Ring Road

STATUS: Credibly proposed
VALUE: $359M AUD
SECTOR: Road
JURISDICTION: QLD,Commonwealth
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

Project Scope

The 1,700 kilometre Bruce Highway is Queensland's major north-south road corridor, connecting coastal population centres from Brisbane to Cairns and supporting around 58 per cent of Queensland's population.

The Bruce Highway terminates in the Cairns CBD at the corners of Florence and Sheridan Street. The Cairns Ring Road would extend the Bruce Highway from its current terminus to the intersection of the Captain Cook and Kennedy Highways at Smithfield. This would create a ring road through Western Arterial Road connecting back to the northern most part of the Bruce Highway.

In July 2020, the Federal Governmen identified Stage One early works for the Captain Cook Highway project to include upgrades between James Street and Airport Avenue. Planning is currently underway for the section, which will be followed by detailed design and work to progress master planning for the entire route between the Cairns CBD and Smithfield.

 


 

Key Dates

Mid 2021: Commencement of Stage One early works

 


 

Funding

Federal Government: In April 2019 the Federal Government committed $287.2 million for the project.

QLD Government: the Queensland State Government is expected to contribute $82.8 million.

 


 

Further Information

In July 2020, the Federal Government announced that the section of the Captain Cook Highway from the Brisbane CBD to Smithfield was added to the National Land Transport Network, effective 1 July 2020.



Last reviewed: 02/09/2020

Cooroy to Curra - Section D - Northern Contract


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Cooroy to Curra - Section D - Northern Contract

STATUS: Recently closed
SECTOR: Road
JURISDICTION: QLD,Commonwealth
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

Project Scope

The 1,700 kilometre Bruce Highway is Queensland's major north-south road corridor, connecting coastal population centres from Brisbane to Cairns and supporting around 58 per cent of Queensland's population.

Section D will see the construction of a new 26-kilometre, four-lane bypass of Gympie and will complete the final link in the 62-kilometre upgrade of the Bruce Highway between Cooroy and Curra.

Section D has been separated into two contracts to assist in the future management of contractual risks inherent with such a large project. They are:

  • Contract One (Southern Contract) – Woondum interchange to Sandy Creek Road, and
  • Contract Two (Northern Contract) – Sandy Creek Road to Curra

The Northern Contract of approximately 18 km in length will extend from north of Sandy Creek Road to Curra.

 


 

Key Dates


Aug 2020: Contract One awarded to a BMD - Bielby Joint Venture

Late 2019-Early 2020: Construction on Section One to commence

Early 2021: Contract Two awarded to CPB Contractors

2021: Construction of Section Two due to commence

Mid-2024: Expected construction completion for Contract Two

 


 

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland

Successful Tenderer: CPB Contractors

 


 

Project History

March 2021: CPB Contractors was awarded Section D Contract Two (Northern Contract).

August 2019: Infrastructure Australia approved the business case for Cooroy to Curra Section D: Woondum to Curra. IA has added the project to the Infrastructure Priority List as a Priority Project Early

2018: Detailed Design was completed.

May 2016: Detailed Design began.

Early 2016: Preliminary planning for Section D was completed.



Last reviewed: 19/03/2021

Cooroy to Curra - Section D - Southern Contract


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Cooroy to Curra - Section D - Southern Contract

STATUS: Recently closed
SECTOR: Road
JURISDICTION: QLD,Commonwealth
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

Project Scope

The 1,700 kilometre Bruce Highway is Queensland's major north-south road corridor, connecting coastal population centres from Brisbane to Cairns and supporting around 58 per cent of Queensland's population.

Section D will see the construction of a new 26-kilometre, four-lane bypass of Gympie and will complete the final link in the 62-kilometre upgrade of the Bruce Highway between Cooroy and Curra.

Section D has been separated into two contracts to assist in the future management of contractual risks inherent with such a large project. They are:

  • Contract One – Woondum interchange to Sandy Creek Road
  • Contract Two – Sandy Creek Road to Curra

The Southern Contract (Contract 1), approximately 10km in length, will extend from the northern tie into the Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra (Section C: Traveston to Woondum) project at Woondum, to approximately 200m north of Sandy Creek Road.

 


 

Key Dates

Aug 2020: Contract One awarded to a BMD - Bielby Joint Venture

Late 2019-Early 2020: Construction on Section One to commence

Early 2021: Contract Two expected to be awarded

2025: Construction completion and opening along with Northern Section

 


 

Procurement

Successful Tenderer: In August 2020, Contract One (southern contract) of Section D: Woondum to Curra project was awarded to a Joint Venture comprising Bielby Holdings and BMD Constructions. The Joint Venture will oversee construction of the Southern Contract between the Woondum Interchange and Sandy Creek Road.

 


 

Funding

Joint: The project will be funded on a 80/20 Federal and State funding split.

In the 2018-19 Federal Budget, the Federal Government allocated $3.3 billion towards the Bruce Highway Upgrade project over the next 10 years, with $800 million allocated to the Cooroy to Curra -Section D upgrade.

The Federal Government's $800 million commitment will see funding contributions each year between FY2019-20 and FY2025-26, with the Queensland Government covering the remaining $200 million.

The $1 billion investment is in addition to the existing $52 million being spent on planning and designing the project.

 


 

Project History

August 2020: Contract One for Southern Section awarded to a Joint Venture comprising Bielby Holdings and BMD Constructions.

August 2019: Infrastructure Australia approved the business case for Cooroy to Curra Section D: Woondum to Curra. IA has added the project to the Infrastructure Priority List as a Priority Project

Early 2018: Detailed Design completion

May 2016: Detailed Design began

Early 2016: Preliminary planning for Section D was completed

 



Last reviewed: 03/11/2020

Mackay Ring Road - Stage 2


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Mackay Ring Road - Stage 2

STATUS: Credibly proposed
SECTOR: Road
JURISDICTION: QLD,Commonwealth
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

The 1,700 kilometre Bruce Highway is Queensland's major north-south road corridor, connecting coastal population centres from Brisbane to Cairns and supporting around 58 per cent of Queensland's population.

The Mackay Ring Road - Stage 2 builds on the Mackay Ring Road - Stage 1 project by connecting the Bruce Highway at Glenella, north-west of Mackay, heading east to Harbour Road via an 8.2-kilometre corridor south of the rail line.

The Federal Government has committed $280 million to deliver the project.



Last reviewed: 23/05/2019

Maroochydore Road Interchange Project


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Maroochydore Road Interchange Project

STATUS: Recently closed
VALUE: $301M AUD
SECTOR: Road
JURISDICTION: QLD,Commonwealth
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

The 1,700 kilometre Bruce Highway is Queensland's major north-south road corridor, connecting coastal population centres from Brisbane to Cairns and supporting around 58 per cent of Queensland's population.

The Maroochydore Road Interchange project will upgrade the interchanges at Maroochydore Road and Mons Road. The project will include:

  • construction of two-way service roads on the western and eastern side of the interchange
  • extension of Owen Creek Road to Sunshine Coast Grammar School
  • installation of new drainage structures to improve flood immunity
  • planning works for the section of the Bruce Highway between the Sunshine Motorway and Maroochydore Road Interchange

 

The Commonwealth Government has committed up to $241 million towards the project. The Queensland Government will fund the remainder of the project.

In August 2019 Infrastructure Australia approved the business case for the project. It has been added to the Infrastructure Priority List as a Priority Project.

In March 2020, the construction contract was awarded to a joint venture of John Holland and Seymour Whyte.

Major construction is due to commence in mid-2020 and be completed in late-2022.



Last reviewed: 24/04/2020

Rockhampton Ring Road


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Rockhampton Ring Road

STATUS: Announced
VALUE: $1bn AUD
SECTOR: Road
JURISDICTION: QLD,Commonwealth
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

Project Summary 

The Rockhampton Ring Road would see the Bruce Highway bypass Rockhampton.

The Western Road Corridor is a 22-kilometre deviation of the Bruce Highway from Burnett Highway intersection south of Rockhamption to north of Glenlee. The bypass is envisioned to include a new crossing of the Fitzroy River and will utilise two kilometres of the Capricorn Highway, in the process of being duplicated through the Capricorn Highway Duplication (Rockhamption - Gracemere) project.
 
Work on the complementary $121 million Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade, which will see the Bruce Highway widened to four lanes between Rockhamption-Yeppoon Road Intersection and Terranova Drive, has already begun.
 

 
Key Dates 
 
Q3 2021: Pending approvals, tendering process to begin for Construction Only contract
 

 
Funding
 

Joint: $65 million was allocated by the Federal and Queensland governments in February 2017 to commence planning and preservation works for the Ring Road.

Federal Government: In November 2018 the Federal Government announced it had allocated $800 million towards the project in an 80/20 split with the Queensland Government.

QLD Government: In January 2019, the Queensland Government announced their 20 per cent of funding for the project, with a $200 million commitment.

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Procurement
 
Related contracts: AECOM was awarded a contract to deliver the preliminary evaluation as part of the planning phase in November 2018.
 
In October 2020, a Jacobs SMEC Design Joint Venture was appointed to provide the detailed design of the Rockhampton Ring Road.
 

 
Project History
 

Oct 2020: Jacobs SMEC Design Joint Venture was appointed to provide the detailed design of the Rockhampton Ring Road.

Jan 2019: In January 2019, the Queensland Government announced their 20 per cent of funding for the project, with a $200 million commitment.

Nov 2018: In November 2018 the Federal Government announced it had allocated $800 million towards the project in an 80/20 split with the Queensland Government.

Nov 2018: AECOM was awarded a contract to deliver the preliminary evaluation as part of the planning phase in November 2018.

Feb 2017: $65 million was allocated by the Federal and Queensland governments in February 2017 to commence planning and preservation works for the Ring Road.

 


 
Further Information

 

A bypass of Rockhampton was identified in the Queensland Government's 2011 Bruce Highway Upgrade Strategy for planning and corridor preservation over 2011-2021.

While planning and corridor preservation have not been completed yet, the Fitzroy River Floodplain and Road Planning Study, released in 2013, identified the Ring Road would pass to the West of the town centre and Rockhampton Airport, on the Western Road Corridor.

Work on the complementary $121 million Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade, which will see the Bruce Highway widened to four lanes between Rockhamption-Yeppoon Road Intersection and Terranova Drive, has already begun.

Building Queensland is currently assisting with the development of a preliminary business case for the project.

 



Last reviewed: 27/10/2020

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