Bruce Highway Upgrade




PROJECT
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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
Cairns Southern Access Corridor - Stage 3
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

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 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.

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)
  • 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 to medium term problem timeframe (0-10 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: 26/08/2019

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

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.

Construction is expected to commence in late 2020. Project completion is expected in early 2023.

 


 

Procurement


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.

 


 

Funding

The $662.5 million project is funded on an 80 / 20 basis with the Federal Government contributing $530 million, and the 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: 14/02/2020

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

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: Recently closed
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.

In October 2019, the John Holland Seymour Whyte AECOM joint venture were awarded the design and construction contract. Construction is set to commence in 2020 and be completed in 2023.



Last reviewed: 30/10/2019

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.

In 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.



Last reviewed: 13/09/2019

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 upgrade. 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.

In 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.



Last reviewed: 13/09/2019

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: Announced
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.

Construction is due to commence in early 2020 and be completed in mid-2022.



Last reviewed: 13/09/2019

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.

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



Last reviewed: 26/08/2019

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