Bruce Highway Upgrade




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Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
Bruce Highway Upgrade
Cairns Southern Access Corridor - Stage 3
Cairns Ring Road
Mackay Ring Road - Stage 2
Cooroy to Curra - Section D - Northern Contract
Cooroy to Curra - Section D - Southern Contract
Pine River to Caloundra Road Interchange Upgrade
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

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 Commonwealth and Queensland governments have committed $8.5 billion to a 10 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.

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).

Other projects which do not meet the ANZIP threshold and are yet to commence delivery include:

- Townsville Ring Road – Stage 4 ($200 million)
- Maroochydore Road Interchange Upgrade – Stage 1 ($187 million)
- Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 4 ($135 million);
- Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade – Stage 1 ($121 million)
- Deception Bay Road Interchange Upgrade ($150 million)
- Cattle and Frances Creek Upgrade ($118.9 million)
- Tiaro Flood Immunity Upgrade ($107 million)
- Saltwater Creek Upgrade ($103 million), and
- Cooroy to Curra Section D ($65 million).

Infrastructure Australia lists the Upgrade Programme as a Priority Initiative in its Infrastructure Priority List with a near term delivery timescale (0-5 years).

In the 2018-19 Federal Budget 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 Bruce Highway Trust

In the lead up to the 2017 election, the now re-elected Queensland Government committed to establish the Bruce Highway Trust – with the stated objective to strengthen long-term investment certainty. The Queensland Government will commit at least $200 million annually to the Trust, with an initial injection of $175 million.

The new Trust will be tasked with developing a new 15-year plan for the remaining sections of the Bruce Highway. This consists of the Trust identifying and prioritising projects to be delivered through rolling five-year action plans.

Representatives from the Queensland Department of Transport, Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and the Federal Department of
Infrastructure and Regional Development will be invited to join the Trust to provide subject matter and governance expertise.

Building Queensland will be tasked with evaluating individual projects where investment is between $50-$100 million and lead preparation of business cases where investment exceeds $100 million. The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads will undertake the assessment of all remaining projects.



Last reviewed: 17/05/2019

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

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 April 2019, the Federal Government committed $287.2 million for the project with the Queensland State Government expected to contribute $82.8 million.



Last reviewed: 23/05/2019

Cairns Southern Access Corridor - Stage 3


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Cairns Southern Access Corridor - Stage 3

STATUS: Under procurement
VALUE: $481M 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 Cairns Southern Access Corridor - Stage 3, will involve duplicating 10 kilometres of the Bruce Highway between Edmonton and Gordonvale from two to four lanes. This will incorporate an existing four lane section at Meringa, and will see existing local road intersections with the Highway be partially or fully closed; diverting traffic to safer access points. Stage 3 also includes:

  • a four-lane bridge be built over several creeks, and
  • installing an off-road shared pathway for cyclists and pedestrians.
  • A section of the North Coast Rail Line will also need to be moved to accommodate the works.

 

A Private Industry Briefing was held in September 2018 for prequalified contractors, consultants for engineering projects and contract administrators. This was followed by an Expressions of Interest period, which closed on 23 November 2018.

Summaries of the Detailed Business Case and Cost Benefit Analysis were released by Building Queensland in November 2018. The business case found the project has a benefit cost ratio in the range of 1.06 to 1.13 and determined that the Queensland Government's preferred procurement approach is a double early contractor involvement model. This model would see two tenderers involved throughout the planning stage, with one tenderer progressing to the delivery stage.

In January 2019, the Queensland Government announced two consortia had been shortlisted for the project, comprising:

  • John Holland Seymour Whyte AECOM Joint Venture, and
  • Bielby Hull Albem Coleman Joint Venture.

 

The consortia were progressed to the Early Contractor Involvement phase of the project.

The Federal Government has committed $384.8 million to the project with the State Government providing the remaining $96.2 million in an 80/20 split. Funding is committed from 2019, therefore construction is expected to commence from 2020 and be completed by mid-2023. 

In July 2019, the project was added to Infrastructure Australia's Infrastructure Priority List as a near term (0-5 years) Priority Project following positive evaluation of the project's business case by IA.



Last reviewed: 25/07/2019

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: Announced
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.

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. 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.

The project has been separated into two contracts to assist in the future management of contractual risks inherent with such a large projec. The Northern Contract (Contract 2) of approximately 18 km in length will extend from north of Sandy Creek Road to Curra.

Preliminary planning for Section D commenced in March 2014 and was completed in early 2016.

Detailed Design began in May 2016 and is anticipated to be complete by early-2018.

The project is expected to be awarded in late 2019 with construction to commence shortly after. Construction is exepected to reach completion in 2023.

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 upgarde. The project will be funded on a 80/20 Federal and State funding split with the Federal Government committing $800 million which will see funding contributions each year between FY2019-20 and FY2025-26, and the Queensland Government the remaining $200 million. The $1 billion investment is in addition to the existing $52 million being spent on planning and designing the project.



Last reviewed: 30/08/2018

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: Announced
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.

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. 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.

The project has been separated into two contracts to assist in the future management of contractual risks inherent with such a large project. The Southern Contract (Contract 1), approximately 10km in length will extend from the northern tie in to the Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra (Section C: Traveston to Woondum) project at Woondum, to approximately 200m north of Sandy Creek Road. 

Preliminary planning for Section D commenced in March 2014 and was completed in early 2016.

Detailed Design began in May 2016 and is anticipated to be complete by early-2018.

The project is expected to be awarded in late 2019 with construction to commence shortly after. Construction is exepected to reach completion in 2023.

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 upgarde. The project will be funded on a 80/20 Federal and State funding split with the Federal Government committing $800 million which will see funding contributions each year between FY2019-20 and FY2025-26, and the Queensland Government the remaining $200 million. The $1 billion investment is in addition to the existing $52 million being spent on planning and designing the project.



Last reviewed: 29/08/2018

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

Pine River to Caloundra Road Interchange Upgrade


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Pine River to Caloundra Road Interchange Upgrade

STATUS: Announced
VALUE: $662.5M 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 Pine River to Caloundra road interchange upgrade, will see circa 60 kilometres of the Bruce Highway north of Brisbane upgraded to increase capacity and alleviate flooding and safety issues.

Planning is currently underway and will develop a list of priority works that are likely to be progressed as a number of packages including non-infrastructure solutions. The largest project identified is the $662.5 million six-laning between Caboolture to Steve Irwin Way.

The Federal and Queensland governments have committed $662.5 million (Federal Government $530 million/Queensland Government $132.5 million) for the project.

The funding will allow for the acceleration of planning and construction of widening the highway from four to six lanes and flood immunity improvements between Caboolture and Steve Irwin Way.

A smaller project, the Deception Bay Road Interchange Upgrade, also forms part of the Pine River to Caloundra Road Interchange Upgrade. The Federal and Queensland governments have committed $150 million (Federal Government $120 million/Queensland Government $30 million) to upgrade this section.

The Federal and Queensland governments have committed $8 million for the planning of the project. Building Queensland is assisting with the development of a preliminary business case.

Detailed designs are expected to be released in early 2019. According to Queensland Government Major Works to Competitive Tender Report 2018 procurement of the project is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2019, subject to Federal Government's approval of the timing and scope of the project. Construction is expected to commence in early 2020 and reach completion in 2022.

Construction on the Deception Bay Road Interchange Upgrade is also expected to start in 2020.

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 $880 million allocated to the Pine River to Caloundra corridor upgrade. However, details of the funding profile and commencement date were not provided in the Budget.



Last reviewed: 15/02/2019

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

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

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.

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.

$65 million was allocated by the Federal and Queensland governments in February 2017 to commence planning and preservation works for the Ring Road. AECOM was awarded a contract to deliver the preliminary evaluation as part of the planning phase in November 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. In January 2019, the Queensland Government announced their 20 per cent of funding for the project, with a $200 million commitment.  

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.



Last reviewed: 17/05/2019

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