Final designs for $290m upgrade

Published 6:00am 11 June 2024

Final designs for $290m upgrade
Words by Nick Crockford

Above: The Bruce Highway looking south from Brays Rd, where new on and off ramps will be built.

Detailed designs for the $290 million Bruce Highway upgrade from Dohles Rocks Rd to Anzac Ave have been finalised and released.

The upgrade will see north-facing ramps to help increasing traffic and local connectivity at Murrumba Downs and Griffin.

Transport and Main Roads (TMR) says early work by RoadTek is expected to start this month, weather and scheduling permitting.

It will pave the way for a new northbound entry ramp and new southbound exit ramp at the Dohles Rocks Rd intersection.

The ramps will extend to the Anzac Ave interchange as an auxiliary lane on both sides of the highway.

New ramp metering signals on the northbound entry ramp will help manage traffic entering the highway.

Red line shows existing nooise barrier. Yellow line indicates new noise barrier

There will also be a new signalised intersection on the western side of Dohles Rocks Rd for traffic from the new southbound exit ramp.

Modifications to the Dohles Rocks Rd and Goodrich Road East intersection as the latter will close for the new southbound exit ramp.

Alternative access to Goodrich Road East will be available using the Silvereye Drive intersection with Dohles Rocks Rd.

Stage One will also see new noise barriers and upgrades to existing noise barriers where required.

The signalised intersection on the eastern side of Dohles Rocks Rd will be upgraded for new traffic movements at the northbound entry ramp.

Plans are to award the main construction contract later this year, with major works to follow by the end of 2024.

Red line indicates existing noise barrier

Transport and Main Roads Regional Director North Coast Scott Whitaker said it is “an exciting step towards improving traffic capacity in the area".

“The extended north-facing ramps will help manage increasing traffic demands on this section of the Bruce Highway and improve local connectivity, supporting growth in this popular area of South East Queensland," he said.

"With more than 150,000 road users travelling this section of the network daily, this project will benefit local commuters, freight drivers and holiday makers.

“We will continue to engage with the community to keep them informed as early works progress and we move towards main construction.”

Initially the Australian and Queensland Governments jointly committed $250 million, on an 80:20 basis, for stage one. 

That has now risen to $290 million. As a result Federal Government has put in an additional $32 million and Queensland Government $8 million.

Green line indicates footpath

Future upgrades between Dohles Rocks Rd and Anzac Ave will see collector-distributor roads and upgrades to the Anzac Ave interchange.

These stages are currently unfunded and timing will depend on future funding and competing priorities. For more information click here

The GMBHU project is soon to release a Consultation Summary report to stakeholders and the community for consultation from late 2023.

Key feedback themes were noise mitigation, project design, timing, funding and impacts to the environment.

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