Bruce highway celebrates new milestone

The Bruce Highway will be relieved of some traffic soon thanks to the opening of key service roads.

Bruce highway celebrates new milestone

The Bruce Highway in Queensland.

The federal government says the $301.25 million, joint-funded Bruce Highway Upgrade – Maroochydore Road and Mons Road Interchanges project has reached another key milestone, with the new eastern and western service roads set to open in full.

The service roads were partially opened in December, with work continuing to connect Maroochydore Road and Mons Road interchanges on the eastern and western sides of the Bruce Highway, removing local traffic and improving access to the local business district.

Both directions of the eastern service road are expected to open in in the coming weeks, between Sandalwood Lane and the BP on Mons Road.

The western service road, known locally as Chevallum Road, will follow, with traffic able to travel in both directions between Mons Road and Leafy Lane.

The new, two-way roads will remove local traffic from the Bruce Highway.

The Maroochydore Road and Mons Road Interchange project also includes active transport links for bike riders and pedestrians through the Maroochydore Road interchange onto the eastern service road.

“The federal government is continuing to invest in infrastructure projects to make Queensland roads safer and more efficient,” federal transport minister Catherine King says.

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“This project will significantly increase capacity at the Mons Road and Maroochydore Road interchanges, and, more importantly, remove local traffic from the highway to get motorists home sooner and safer.

“It is part of our long-term partnership to upgrade the Bruce Highway, improving safety, flood resilience and capacity along the highway between Brisbane and Cairns.”

Assistant regional roads minister Bruce Saunders says the project will help open up freight traffic in the region.

“The project is moving up a gear, hitting this key milestone, opens access to the new eastern and western service roads in full,” Saunders says.

“We’re also delivering major projects like the $663 million Caboolture to Steve Irwin Way Bruce Highway upgrade, the $550 million Beerburrum to Nambour rail upgrade, and the $320 million Mooloolah River Interchange upgrade on the Sunshine Motorway.”

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