March 12, 2024

Motorists on the Bruce Highway may experience detours and minor delays in March with night works scheduled to take place to progress the construction of the $1 billion Gympie bypass, known as Section D.

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is advising motorists to take care and expect a detour of the Bruce Highway between the Woondum and Traveston interchanges as pavement works, line marking, and installation of cables and signage takes place.

The night works are planned to occur between 6pm and 6am from Sunday 17 March to Sunday 24 March 2024, weather and construction conditions permitting.

For the safety of motorists and road workers, traffic will be detoured via the Old Bruce Highway between the Woondum interchange and Traveston interchange (location of Puma Service Centre) during the night works. This includes:

  • A southbound detour at night on Sunday 17, Monday 18, Tuesday 19, Wednesday 20 and Sunday 24 March 2024 (6pm to 6am).
  • A northbound detour at night on Thursday 21 March 2024 only (6pm to 6am).

Motorists should ensure that they follow the directional signage, drive to the changed conditions, and allow extra travel time.

Section D, the four lane 26 Kilometre realignment of the Bruce Highway between Cooroy and Curra is set to open in mid 2024 and will bypass Gympie, eliminating eight sets of traffic lights.

The Bruce Highway will then be a flood proof four-lane divided highway from Brisbane to north of Gympie, which will reduce travel time, improve safety, and increase freight efficiency.

In 2018 the former Coalition Government allocated $800 million for the Gympie bypass as part of the Bruce Highway four lane Cooroy to Curra upgrade, which has been rated as one of the deadliest stretches along our national highway.


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