The Bruce Highway between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway is set for a new interchange design that will significantly improve traffic flow and congestion.
The Fulton Hogan and Seymour Whyte joint venture has been awarded the contract for the $929.3 million works.
The Australian Government will commit $743.4 million to the works, with the Queensland Government footing the bill for the other $185.9 million.
As part of the project, the existing highway will be extended to six lanes of traffic, with further upgrades planned for the Sunshine Motorway Interchange.
Similarly, the Caloundra Road interchange will be reconfigured into a ‘Diverging Diamond Interchange’, that would be a first for Australian roads.
A southbound exit will also be constructed so that vehicles can exit the highway to Pignata Road.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester spoke of the planned upgrades.
“The Diverging Diamond Interchange design is a first for Australia, and could be used in future projects across the country. It has been used with great success in the US since 2009 and will improve safety for traffic moving between the Bruce Highway and Caloundra Road.”
Up to 694 jobs will be created to support project that aims to reduce congestion and travel time for commuters.
Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace spoke of the benefits the new crossing and interchange will have for those using the road.
“The benefit of this crossing is that right-turning traffic does not have to give way to opposing traffic, making the highway both safer and faster for Caloundra Road motorists,” Mr Wallace said.
It is expected that construction works will begin late 2016, with the project planned to be finished by 2020.
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