Sunshine Coast Community News


Bruce Highway Upgrade - Maroochydore Road and Mons Road Interchanges

23 September 2019 | Department of Transport and Main Roads

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) would like to advise that design is now complete for the upgrade of the Maroochydore Road and Mons Road interchanges on the Bruce Highway at Forest Glen.

The $301.25 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 (federal:state) basis with the Australian Government contributing $241 million and Queensland Government contributing $60.25 million.


Key features of the project include:

• a new 4-lane eastbound bridge at the Maroochydore Road interchange over the Bruce Highway to increase capacity
• traffic signals at the 4 ramp intersections at the Maroochydore Road interchange to improve safety and travel reliability
• connection of the Mons Road and Maroochydore Road interchanges via service roads east and west of the Bruce Highway for local traffic
• relocation of the northbound off ramp at Mons Road south to a new roundabout at the intersection of Rainforest and Chevallum Road
• reconfiguring the interchange ramps to meet current standards and closure of north-facing ramps at Mons Road
• active transport provisions for cyclists and pedestrians through the Maroochydore Road interchange connecting to the east service road. 

The project iwll improfe highway capacity with more efficient operations of the interchanges servicing the local road network. The upgrade is vital for the continued development of the Sunshine Coast, it will provide separation of local community and highway traffic, to improve safety and efficiency.

Early Works to relocate services

Early works to relocate utility services such as water, power and telecommunciations infrastructure are scheduled to begin in the coming week. These works will be undertaken during teh day between 6am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, and are expected to take approximately six months to complete, weather and construction conditions permitting. Some weekend and night works may be required.

What to expect:

• Partial lane closures, reduced speed limits and traffic control will be in place
• Variable Messaging Signage (VMS) boards will also be in place at the approaches to the work sites.
• Motorists may experience minor delays and are encouraged to drive to the changed traffic conditions, obeying signage, reduced speed limits and traffic controller directions at all times.
• Noise and possible dust from construction activities and machinery can be expected and mitigation measures including water trucks will be in place.
• Refersing beepers and flashing lights are a safety requirement and will be used during work hours.
• Priority access and entry through the work zone will be given to emergency vehicles.

Every effort will be made to keep disruptions and noise to a  minimum while the works are undertaken. TMR understands roadwords can be frustrating for nearby businesses, residents and road users and acknowledges the cooperation and patience of stakeholders during construction.

These works will make way for major construction activities expected to begin in early 2020.

If you would like to receive updates on the project, please confirm your interest via emailing and your details will be added to the stakeholder database.

For further information about the project, please visit

Alternatively, contact the project team on 1800 512 211 / 07 5451 7055 or email For up-to-date traffic information call 13 19 40 or visit

UPDATE: Bruce Highway Upgraded to Six Lanes

Mon 23 July 2018 | Source: Department of Transport and Main Roads

Major construction is now underway on the stretch of Bruce Highway between Caloundra road and the Sunshine Motorway to deliver a 6-lane highway, a 2-way service road on the western side of the highway and upgrades to both interchanges. 

The Bruce Highway Upgrade will provide vital community infrastructure and is designed to meet the strategic transport needs of the Sunshine Coast region in this area well into the future.

The upgrade will deliver critical safety benefits to motorists, improve efficiency and reduce traffic congestion, and ensure the highway can cater for future traffic growth. 

The upgraded 6-lane Bruce Highway will allow the speed limit to be returned to 110km/hr.

The 2-way service road between Steve Irwin Way and Tanawah Tourist Drive will help to improve travel efficiency and reduce traffic congestion by providing another route for local traffic accessing the western road of the highway, including Aussie World.

Construction is expected to be completed in late 2020, weather permitting.


Key upgrades:

• Removal of the intersection on the Bruce Highway northbound exit ramp to the Sunshine Motorway near Wilson Road. The intersection will be replaced with new free-flowing, grade separated ramps to significantly improve safety for northbound motorists exiting and entering the Bruce Highway.
• Transformation of the existing Caloundra Road interchange into a Diverging Diamond Interchange.
• Inclusion of a secondary access to the western service road at the Sunshine Motorway interchange for northbound traffic on the Bruce Highway.
• Provision of a direct access to the Sippy Downs interchange from the western service road for local traffic.
• Retainment of all access ramps between the Sippy Downs interchange and the Sunshine Motorway.
• Provision of new active transport infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians as well as new car pool and bus stop facilities.
• Provision of a revised southbound exit from the Bruce Highway to Pignata Road. The new exit ramp will provide a safe and direct access to local businesses and residences, as well as a future connection to the Harmony development in Palmview.
• Reduction of the project footprint on the Beerwah State Forest.


NOW OPEN: Pignata Road car pool facility

A new car pool facility between the Bruce Highway and Pignata Road in Palmview has opened to the public. Commuters are now able to park their vehicles and travel with their colleagues, family and friends to destinations both north and south of the coast.
The car pool facility can be accessed via Pignata Road and caters for 240 vehicles in a safe, well-lit location.