Cooroy to Curra - Section D - Northern Contract


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Cooroy to Curra - Section D - Northern Contract

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

STATUS: Announced
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

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