June 7, 2023

As works continue on the $1 billion Gympie bypass, Gympie Connection Road will be closed in two stages to allow further construction of the new Gympie interchange.

Interchange works include construction of two new 130 metre dual lane bridges to carry the new Bruce Highway over Gympie Connection Road, and an upgrade to a section of Gympie Connection Road at Victory Heights.

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is advising that Gympie Connection Road will be temporarily closed to through traffic between Tin Can Bay Road and Browns Road for about two weeks from Saturday 24 June to Sunday 9 July 2023.

Access will remain open between Ascot Road and Old Goomboorian Road under a single lane closure.

“For Safety reasons, Gympie Connection Road will be closed in two stages to allow work to continue on the new interchange,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The required work involves removing and replacing a concrete drainage culvert on Gympie Connection Road near the Ascot and Old Goomboorian Roads intersection, and completing an upgrade of the intersection, including median and kerbing works, installation of lighting, traffic signals and permanent signage.”

“Traffic control will remain on Gympie Connection Road following this work to ensure motorists and roadworkers are safe while work continues in the area.”

Mr O’Brien also advised that Gympie Connection Road will also be temporarily closed for another week to through traffic between Ascot Road/Old Goomboorian Road and Browns Road from Sunday 9 July to Sunday 16 July 2023.

The section of Gympie Connection Road between Tin Can Bay Road and Ascot Road/Old Goomboorian Road will re-open on Sunday 9 July.

Access will remain open between Ascot Road and Old Goomboorian Road under a single lane closure.

“The current works, Section D, which is 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,” Mr O’Brien said.

“$800 million was allocated for the Gympie Bypass in 2018 by the former Coalition Government because the Cooroy to Curra section of the Bruce Highway is rated as one of the deadliest along our national highway.”


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