Contractor selected for $662.5 million Bruce Highway upgrade

A major contractor has been selected for stage one of the Bruce Highway upgrade between Caboolture and Beerburrum with works set to start before Christmas.

Acconia Infrastructure Project Australia will undertake the works, which will deliver six lanes on the Bruce Highway from Caboolture Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way.

Acconia Infrastructure Project Australia was formerly known as Lendlease Engineering.

The works are expected to support 660 jobs when construction ramps up and will help to boost the sunshine coast’s economy.

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the project was one of four
major Bruce Highway upgrades that would be under simultaneous construction between Brisbane
and Gympie.

“When work starts on this project, there will be four upgrades with a combined value of more than
$2.8 billion transforming the highway between Brisbane and Gympie, supporting more than 2,000
jobs all up as part of Queensland’s economic recovery plan,” Bailey said.

“Anyone who drives the highway regularly between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast will have
experienced the congestion between Beerburrum and Elimbah.”

Works will widen an 11 kilometre section of the highway from four to six lanes and replace 10 bridges over five creek crossings. The bridges will be wider and taller than the current structures.

Federal Member for Longman Terry Young said the upgrade would be delivered as two contracts –
one between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Pumicestone Road and a second between
Pumicestone Road and Steve Irwin Way.

“Both stages of the project are expected to be completed in early 2023, weather and construction
conditions permitting,” Young said.

“Work on the first stage will start later this year, while the second contract is expected to be
awarded early next year and construction scheduled to start mid-2021 – all fantastic news for local
jobs and drivers.”

The project is jointly funded with the Federal Government committing $530 million and the Queensland government committing $132.5 million.

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