Route revealed for new western highway

Published 3:29pm 24 November 2022

Route revealed for new western highway
Words by Nick Crockford

The preferred route for Stage 2 of the Bruce Highway Western Alternative – from Moorina to Narangba - has been released by Transport and Main Roads (TMR).

Selection of this 16-km corridor follows community consultation, with more than 1000 pieces of feedback received since July.

Maps are below with links to online versions and details of community information sessions.

The Bruce Highway Western Alternative will be a 60-kilometre transport corridor extending from Steve Irwin Way at Beerburrum to Petrie.

“We expect more than 656,000 people to move to the Moreton Bay region by 2041,” Transport Minister Mark Bailey said.

Route revealed for new western highway

“This western alternative to the Bruce Highway will be essential in supporting growth and to prevent gridlock between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

"Planning ahead allows us to give certainty to local residents, and ensure we are delivering something that meets the needs of the community in the long term.

“A big thank you to all those who have engaged in the consultation and planning process so far – I encourage you to stay engaged as we progress to Stages 3 and 4.”

The Bruce Highway Western Alternative aims to take pressure off the Bruce Highway, allowing it to service long-distance travel and freight movements.

Gazettal of the Stage 2 section will get underway in 2023, to outline the requirements for the area as a transport corridor and ensure the route is protected from future development.

Route revealed for new western highway

The community can view the preferred alignment and provide feedback until February 12, 2023. Maps of the corridor are also available online (click here) here or these information sessions:

  • Morayfield Community Hall, Tuesday November 29
  • Upper Caboolture Farmers Assembly Hall, Monday December 5
  • Narangba Community Centre (Main Hall), Tuesday December 13

Minister Bailey said half the corridor was now secured. The eight-kilometre Stage 1 section, from Moodlu to Moorina, was confirmed in late 2021.­

“The release of the preferred alignment for Stage 2, gives landholders and homeowners more certainty around our future transport needs,” the Minister said.

“I acknowledge this is a difficult time for those directly impacted.

Route revealed for new western highway

“We are already accepting early submissions and feedback on the next stages, and I recommend locals register for email updates on the project and take every opportunity to have their say.”

Planning will start in 2023 for Stage 3 of the Bruce Highway Western Alternative, which runs from Narangba to Bald Hills, with Stage 4 to follow.

Early feedback on these future stages can be provided online or by contacting the project team.

For more information on the project, click here

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