Truckies are warned to expect minor delays for a week from this Sunday, June 27, as work ramps up on the $1bn Bruce Highway upgrade from Cooroy to Curra.
Southern Queensland regional director for Transport and Main Roads, Kym Murphy, said the project team would implement temporary traffic changes for road users travelling on the existing Bruce Highway at the Woondum and Curra ends of the project, as part of the major construction work to build the new highway alignment.
During the work, a section of the Bruce Highway at Woondum, northbound and southbound, will be under traffic control management to assist and direct road users while the contractor makes changes to line marking, erects signage and installs a new construction access point, Murphy said.
“For safety reasons, and due to the lower traffic volumes, the work will be completed at night and will take about one week to complete,” Murphy added.
“We strongly encourage motorists to observe the speed limit, obey all road signs, and consider their safety and the safety of other motorists at all times.
“Road users may experience short delays during the work, and we appreciate their patience as we work to deliver this vital piece of road infrastructure.”
From early July 2021 until mid-2023, Murphy also said line marking changes, speed reductions, and barriers will be put in place on the Bruce Highway at Curra near the existing Harvey Siding Road intersection.
“The changes will make it safer for vehicles travelling north to turn right into Harvey Siding Road.”
The 26km Woondum to Curra section of the project involves the construction of a four-lane divided highway between the existing Bruce Highway interchange at Woondum, south of Gympie and Curra.
The project is jointly funded with the Australian Government contributing $800 million and the Queensland Government contributing $200 million and is expected to be finished by mid-2024.