Work starts on $209m Sunny Coast road upgrade project in Australia


The state government of Queensland in Australia has announced the start of work on A$301m ($209m) Sunshine Coast road upgrade on the Bruce Highway at Forest Glen.

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the Sunshine Coast’s next major infrastructure upgrade will revamp the Maroochydore Road and Mons road interchanges to address major congestion issues in the area.

The upgrade project, which is part of the A$12.6bn ($8.7bn) 15-year Bruce Highway Upgrade Programme, is backed by funding of A$241m ($167.5m) from the Australian Government while the Queensland Government is committing A$60.25m ($41.8m).

Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said: “Coupled with current upgrade works between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway, the delivery of these vital projects is supporting more than 1,060 jobs.

“This is a great example of how the Australian Government’s $100 billion nationwide infrastructure investment is setting the foundations for economic recovery as the nation begins to reach the other side of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The project involves the construction of a new four-lane road, as well as the eastbound bridge at the Maroochydore Road interchange over the Bruce Highway and installation of traffic signals on the existing free-flowing interchange.

The upgrade work will be executed on the Mons Road interchange and will see new two-way service roads on the western and eastern sides of the Bruce Highway.

It will also include transport provisions for bike riders and pedestrians through the Maroochydore Road interchange connecting to the eastern service road.

Planned for completion by late 2022, the upgrade work is expected to support more than 380 jobs.

Major construction work at the site is scheduled for completion late 2020. (Credit: Kerry Raymond/Wikipedia)

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