Section D roadworks underway to shape Wide Bay’s future growth

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien is encouraging drivers on the Bruce Highway to be alert to changed traffic conditions as part of the $1 billion Cooroy to Curra Section D Gympie bypass.

“At Curra, a section of Ashfords Road will be temporarily re-aligned to direct local traffic away from construction activities at the new Curra interchange, ensuring the safety of road users and construction workers,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The temporary intersection of Ashfords Road and Harvey Siding Road will open in mid to late August, weather permitting, and the new route will be in place until the new Curra interchange is completed in 2023.”

At Woondum, from Sunday 22 August until Thursday 16 September, a detour will be in place at night to allow heavy earthmoving equipment to cross the existing Bruce Highway.

Between 7pm and 5am, Sunday to Thursday, southbound traffic will be detoured via the Old Bruce Highway between Woondum and Traveston, and traffic signage, barriers and line marking will be in place.

Changes at Veteran will also be in place from mid-August, with detours, barriers and temporary traffic lights in place on Sandy Creek Road and Taylor Road to allow for construction of the Sandy Creek Road overpass over the new Bruce Highway.

“These works will allow for the upgrade of Sandy Creek Road, construction of a new Taylor Road intersection, and a new section of Rocky Ridge Road that is being realigned to the east of the new highway,” Mr O’Brien said.

“A new 85 metre, two-lane bridge to carry Sandy Creek Road traffic over the new highway will also be constructed.

“I understand these roadworks may cause some delays or inconvenience to road users, and I ask all road users to please be patient and courteous to construction and traffic management crews, and pay extra attention to the changed road conditions,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The Gympie bypass is a once-in-a-generation project that is creating 576 direct jobs during construction, and when completed it will save lives and unlock our region’s economic potential.”

The Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra Section D four-lane project, the Gympie bypass, is expected to be complete by mid-2024 weather permitting, and is jointly funded by the Australian Government contributing $800 million and the Queensland Government $200 million.