The Bruce highway.
The Bruce highway.

Bruce Hwy poor cousin as Gold Coast gets four times funds

THE Sunshine Coast remains the poor cousin with governments committing four-times more funding for the Pacific Hwy to the Gold Coast than our Bruce Hwy stretch to Caboolture. And fed-up motorists have had enough.

A Daily investigation has revealed that since 2007 (the current funding program period), the Federal Government has allocated $195 million for priority upgrades to interchanges on the highway between the Sunshine Coast and Caboolture.

This includes the Pumicestone Rd interchange, construction of a new interchange to replace the Roys Rd and Bells Creek Rd intersections, and interim upgrade works at the Boundary Rd interchange.

Down south, the State and Federal governments have committed $910 million since 2007 towards the cost of upgrading sections of the Pacific Mwy between the Gateway Bridge and Tugun.

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Before the end of June, 5km of that motorway will increase from six to eight lanes at a cost of $5 million, following the removal of the T2 lane signage.

However, a six-lane Bruce Hwy upgrade for the total stretch between the Sunshine Coast to Caboolture did not feature in the State Government's Bruce Hwy Action Plan late last year.

The 10-year engineering report gives priority to safety and flood immunity initiatives along the 1670km Bruce Hwy. With no priority given to the Caboolture-Sunshine Coast section, our hopes for a six-lane road could be 10 years away.

A revised Caloundra Rd to Sunshine Mwy plan for the Bruce Hwy was released yesterday, which included a six-lane upgrade of the section, but no timeframe has been given for its construction, which will be dependent on funding.

In a 2010 traffic data comparison, an average of 57,000 vehicles travelled past Beerwah on both sides of the Bruce Hwy every day. Just over double that number - 134,802 vehicles - were flagged in both directions at the Underwood Bridge near Springwood each day on the Pacific Mwy.

>> COMPARE THE COASTS 2012

Sunshine Coast

  • 2.13 million Queensland visitors, up 6%
  • Domestic visitors spent 8% more
  • Domestic overnight visitors spent $1.8 billion

Gold Coast

  • 1.67 million Queensland visitors, up 6%
  • Domestic visitors spent 14% more


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