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 – Woondum interchange to Sandy Creek Road, and
- Contract Two - Northern – Sandy Creek Road to Curra.
The Southern Contract (Contract 1), approximately 10 kilometres in length, will extend from the northern end of the Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra (Section C: Traveston to Woondum) project at Woondum, to north of Sandy Creek Road.
|May 2018||Project Announcement|
|Aug 2020||Contract Award|
|2021||Expected Construction Commencement|
|2024||Expected Construction Completion|
|Procuring Agency:||Department of Transport and Main Roads|
|Successful Tenderer:||BBJV - A Joint Venture comprising BMD Constructions and Bielby Holdings|
|Mar 2016||The Preliminary planning for Section D was completed.|
|May 2016||The detailed design process was commenced.|
|2018||The detailed design process was completed.|
|May 2018||The Federal Budget allocated $3.3 billion towards the Bruce Highway Upgrade project over the next 10 years, with $800 million allocated to the Corroy to Curra Section D. The Federal Government's $800 million commitment will see funding contributions each year between FY2019-20 and FY2025-26, with the Queensland Government funding the remaining $200 million.|
|Aug 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 .|
|Aug 2020||Contract One for Southern Section awarded to a Joint Venture comprising Bielby Holdings and BMD Constructions.|
|Jun 2021||In its 2021-22 Budget, the Queensland Government allocated $180 million to the project for FY 2021-22. The Budget also indicated that the project has been delayed with $367 million in funding now outside the forward estimates. The project was indicated as having $248 million outside the 2020-21 Budget forward estimates.|