Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Bruce Highway – Cooroy to Curra – Section D (Planning and Design)

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Early 2016 - Late 2019
Estimated Project Cost:$65,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$52,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Gympie Regional Council
Corridor:Brisbane - Cairns

Project Description

The project is for the full planning and detailed design of the Bruce Highway - Cooroy to Curra - Section D project including land acquisitions within the 30.4km Section D corridor between Woondum Interchange and the Curra Interchange.



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. In addition to this funding, the Australian Government has committed $800 million towards the construction of the $1 billion Section D project.


The planning and design works for the project commenced in early 2016 and were completed in late 2019.

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Project details last updated: 11/03/2020