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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 - Early 2019
Estimated Project Cost:$65,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$52,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Gympie Regional Council
Corridor:Brisbane - Cairns

Project Description

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 62km 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 early 2016 and is scheduled to be completed early 2019.

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Project details last updated: 11/10/2018