Construction kicks off on Bruce Highway upgrade

Caloundra Road interchange The Caloundra Road interchange will be transformed into a Diverging Diamond Interchange as part of the Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway

 

With an official sod-turning event featuring special guests Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester and Queensland Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey, construction officially commenced on the $929.3* million Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway project.

The Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture (FHSWJV) were awarded the contract for the upgrade in September 2016.

Seymour Whyte Northern Region Operations Manager Will MacDonald said, “This project is a significant part of Seymour Whyte’s plan to further diversify into design and construct work.

“We are particularly proud to be part of the team that is delivering Australia’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange—an innovation that delivers greater safety benefits than conventional interchanges.”

Mr MacDonald said the project team had worked collaboratively with designers Arup and Jacobs for the past six months to finalise the detailed design and project planning.

“It is exciting to finally be on site to get on with the construction,” he said.

The project involves:

  • upgrading the highway from four to six lanes, including major upgrades to both the Caloundra Road and Sunshine Motorway interchanges
  • transformation of the Caloundra Road interchange into a Diverging Diamond Interchange
  • construction of a new two-way western service road for local traffic between Steve Irwin Way and Tanawha Tourist Drive
  • provision of new active transport infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians as well as new car pool and bus stop facilities.

The project is expected to be completed in late 2020, weather permitting.

For more information on the project, visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ website.

*Contract value for Seymour Whyte Constructions as part of 50/50 joint venture: $225 millionKey members of the project leadership team

Left to right: Fulton Hogan General Manager Brett Smiley, Seymour Whyte Northern Region Operations Manager Will MacDonald, and Project Director Brad Thompson.

 

Dignitaries at the Bruce Highway Upgrade sod-turning Left to right: Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester, Federal Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien, Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace, and Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey.