A major Bruce Highway upgrade between Caboolture and Caloundra is on track to start this year and the Palaszczuk Government has put the call out for contractors on the project, said Chris Whiting MP.
The $662.5 million upgrade between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Steve Irwin Way would widen the highway from four to six lanes and include the construction of 10 new three-lane bridges at five creek crossings.
“I know locals traveling north along the Bruce Highway will be patient as this major Bruce Highway upgrade starts,” said Chris Whiting.
“It’s good news for the local economy as it is expected to support up to 700 jobs during construction.
“This is just one of a series of major Bruce Highway projects that has funding locked in.
“The upgrade between Caloundra Road and Sunshine Motorway is happening fast and it transformed the Caloundra turn-off.
“Later this year, construction will start on the final major upgrade between Cooroy and Curra.
“Together, these projects worth more than two billion dollars and are set to transform about 140kms of the Bruce Highway to cater for growth and provide a quicker trip to the beach for visitors to the region,” said Chris Whiting.
The $662.5 million Bruce Highway Upgrade Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163) project is funded on an 80/20 basis by the Australian ($530 million) and Queensland ($132.5 million) Governments.
This project is being delivered under the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program (BHUP), a program delivering $12.6 billion of works over a 15-year period.
For further information on the Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163) project, visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au/CBIR2SIW.
Pre-qualified contractors have been invited to submit an EOI to participate in delivering the project.
Following the EOI, the shortlisted contractors will be invited to tender on the two main construction contracts.
Construction is expected to start later in 2020.