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Bruce Highway expansion complete

The Bruce Highway’s $662.5 million project has now been officially finished

The $662.5 million project to expand Queensland’s Bruce Highway is now complete.

Funded by both the Queensland and federal governments, the project, involving more than 600 workers, delivered 11 kilometres of expanded highway between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

As part of the works, improvements have been made to interchanges and exit ramps, with 10 new higher, wider and safer bridges built to withstand floods.

The bridges were put to the test during heavy rainfall in February, which could’ve potentially closed the highway at King Johns Creek if the new structure hadn’t been built.

The state government says Queenslanders travelling on the Bruce Highway between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Steve Irwin Way at Elimbah are now saving time on their trips and travelling even safer on the state’s longest and busiest highway.

More than 65,000 vehicles on average travel this section of the Bruce Highway each day, with sections of the upgraded 11-kilometre roadway being progressively opened since 2022.

“Our government said we would build a better Bruce for the people of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Queensland, and we are delivering,” Queensland premier Steven Miles says.

“More than 600 tradies, apprentices and trainees worked hard to bring this 11-kilometre upgrade to life, which is already making a difference to the more than 65,000 drivers who drive it each day.

“It’s projects like this that are at the core of our Big Build – jobs, opportunity and legacy infrastructure for a generation.”

Federal transport minister Catherine King says the infrastructure project is set to improve the capacity and efficiency of the state’s road network.

“Local commuters, heavy vehicle operators and holidaymakers alike are enjoying the benefits as we continue to roll out significant works and plan for future upgrades in South East Queensland,” King says.

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