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).
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