“This project is about creating better connected communities and improving road user safety at this location on the Sunshine Coast,” John Holland Executive General Manager QLD/NT/NZ Rob Evans said.
“We are delighted to continue our working relationship in the Sunshine Coast region and to be awarded the contract for the Bruce Highway Upgrade – Maroochydore Road Interchange project,” Seymour Whyte CEO and Managing Director John Kirkwood said.
The 301.25 million project will include:
- A new 4-lane eastbound bridge at the Maroochydore Road interchange over the Bruce Highway to increase capacity
- Traffic signals at the 4-ramp intersection at the Maroochydore Road interchange to improve safety and travel reliability
- Connection of the Mons Road and Maroochydore Road interchanges via service roads east and west of the Bruce Highway for local traffic
- Relocation of the northbound off-ramp at Mons Road south to a new roundabout at the intersection of Rainforest and Chevallum Road
- Reconfiguring the interchange ramps to meet current standards and closure of north-facing ramps at Mons Road
- Active transport provisions for cyclists and pedestrians through the Maroochydore Road interchange connecting to the east service road
“This work will help traffic flow more smoothly and create new opportunities for people to join the growing Queensland construction industry,” Mr Evans said.
“We’re committed to working closely with our local suppliers, local communities and the Queensland Government to deliver this important upgrade safely and efficiently,” Mr Kirkwood said.
Early works on this project are already underway – including relocation of water, power and telecommunication utilities – to prepare for major construction and these works are due to be completed by mid-2020.
Weather permitting, the Bruce highway Upgrade – Maroochydore Road Interchange project at Forest Glen is anticipated to be completed in late 2022.
This $301.25 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments on an 80:20 basis, with each contributing $241 million and $60.25 million respectively.
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