|Funding Program:||Investment Road and Rail Program
|Expected Start/Finish:||Early 2016 - Mid 2018
|Estimated Project Cost:||$65,000,000
|Australian Government Contribution:||$52,000,000
|Local Council/Shire:||Gympie Regional Council
|Corridor:||Brisbane - Cairns
Section D involves the construction of a new 26km four-lane bypass of Gympie, running east of the city, close to the railway line until Old Maryborough Road. It will then travel through the edge of Curra State Forest to minimise the impact on private land.
Key project features include:
- an upgrade of the Woondum connections (constructed as part of Section C), to include south facing exit and entry ramps
- 43 bridges at Q100 (1 in 100 year flood) level over significant waterways, local roads and North Coast Railway
- north facing exit and entry ramps at Penny Road
- a new interchange at Gympie Connection Road
- a new interchange at Curra
Section D is the final link in the 62-kilometre upgrade to the Bruce Highway between Cooroy and Curra, and will connect to the Section C (Traveston to Woondum), with the existing Bruce Highway at Curra, north of Gympie.
Based on the 2015 Business Case, the anticipated benefits of the project are:
- Realising the full benefits of the upgraded corridor (Cooroy to Curra Upgrade projects A, B & C) as a whole, as it completes the construction of a connected flood protected corridor and bypasses the Gympie town centres.
- Reduced congestion, supporting efficient regional freight and local traffic movements and improved network travel times.
- Reduced number and severity of road crash incidents.
- Reduced disruption to community and economy from flood events.
- Increased link capacity supporting economic and social growth.
- Improvements to local amenity in the Gympie urban area.
- The project will reduce the pressure for intersection upgrades along the existing highway through Gympie.
The Australian Government has committed up to $52 million towards the $65 million planning only project, in partnership with the Queensland Government. No Australian Government commitment has been made to the construction of the Section D project.
The planning and detailed design phase of the project commenced in February 2016 and is currently scheduled to be completed in May 2018.
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Project details last updated: 3/05/2018