Bruce Highway – Cooroy to Curra Section D: Woondum to Curra

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Road capacity between Cooroy to Curra, Queensland
Priority Project
Gympie Region, Queensland
Smaller cities and regional centres
National Connectivity
Problem/Opportunity timeframe
Near term (0-5 years)
Proposed By
Queensland Government
Evaluation Date
23 August 2019

Problem to be addressed

The Bruce Highway is part of the National Land Transport Network and is the primary north–south route for regional and local traffic on the east coast of Queensland between Brisbane and Cairns.

The highway between Woondum and Curra is currently affected by safety, capacity and flood resilience issues.

The existing unseparated two-lane configuration, together with numerous direct property access points on the highway, limited overtaking opportunities and high speeds, are factors that combine to increase the risk of high-impact crashes (particularly head-on crashes).

Project description

The proposed project involves upgrading 26 km of the highway, including works to re-route the highway to bypass Gympie.

This is the final stage of a 62 km program of highway upgrades between Cooroy and Curra. Works on the first section commenced in September 2009 and the first three sections (A to C) are now complete and open to traffic.

The project demonstrates strong strategic merit as completing Section D will allow the whole-of-program benefits to be realised, including maintaining a consistent posted speed limit and safety standards between Cooroy and Curra.

Economic, social and environmental value

Section D is the last of a multi-section program of upgrades between Cooroy and Curra. Completing Section D will help to realise the benefits of the entire investment program, but it also means that a significant part of the project’s benefits may have already been captured by Sections A to C.

Benefits of the project include travel-time savings, reduced accident costs and improved resilience from flooding.

The proponent’s stated benefit-cost ratio is 1.36, with a net present value of $274 million (7% real discount rate).

Capital cost of initiative as stated by proponent $1,005.3 million (P50, nominal, undiscounted) | Australian Government contribution $804.2 million |

State government contribution $201.1 million | Private sector contribution N/A