DRONE: Bruce Highway upgrade at the Sunshine Motorway onramp.
DRONE: Bruce Highway upgrade at the Sunshine Motorway onramp. Patrick Woods

Coast's Bruce Hwy speed limit to increase by 30km/h by 2020

THE Sunshine Coast stretch of the Bruce Highway will see a 30km/h speed limit increase before the end of 2020.

From Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway, the Bruce Highway will rise from 80km/h to 110km/h when the current $812.95 million upgrade project is completed.

The upgrades are designed to separate long-distance traffic from local traffic movements, allowing the highway to function as a high-speed, high-volume corridor.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) said the multi-million dollar project was "progressing well".

"The highway speed limit will be 110km/h when the project is complete," the spokesperson said.

"The speed limit through this area was reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h in 2017 to coincide with the installation of safety barriers and the start of major construction.

"The new southbound on-ramp from Caloundra Road to the Bruce Highway opened in December which is the first permanent section opened to traffic.

"A 1.5km section of the Bruce Highway northbound heading towards the Sunshine Motorway will soon be switched on to the newly-built western service road between Palmview Forest Drive and Sippy Creek Road.

"This switch will allow the first stage of construction to start on the three new northbound lanes."

Drone aerial photo of Bruce Highway upgrade at Caloundra Road onramp, Sunshine Coast.
Drone aerial photo of Bruce Highway upgrade at Caloundra Road on-ramp, Sunshine Coast. Picture taken in April. Patrick Woods

Should the Bruce Highway be 110km/h along the entire Sunshine Coast?

This poll ended on 18 February 2019.

Current Results

Yes, keep it consistent.

79%

No, some parts are unsafe.

18%

No one goes the speed limit anyway.

2%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The spokesperson said work was completed on the Pignata Road car pool facility in December 2017 and remains in use.

"Work is also progressing on the transformation of the Caloundra Road interchange into Australia's first diverging diamond interchange that will link Caloundra Road and Steve Irwin Way with the Bruce Highway.

"Bridge construction is continuing for the new Sunshine Motorway interchange, as well as the new southbound off-ramp from the highway to the motorway."

RACQ head of public policy Dr Rebecca Michael said the speed limits all appeared "appropriate" for the standard of the roads.

"We'd urged drivers to take note of the posted speed limits and always, drive to conditions," she said.

 

Drone aerial photo of Bruce Highway upgrade at Caloundra Road onramp, Sunshine Coast.
Drone aerial photo of Bruce Highway upgrade at Caloundra Road on-ramp, Sunshine Coast. Taken in April. Patrick Woods

Dr Michaels said the completed roads would improve safety and traffic flows and reduce some of the crippling congestion slogging the road.

"The additional lanes and enhanced design will greatly improve safety as well as reduce congestion and delays for motorists."

Further works completed include:

  • Asphalt works on the eastern side of the Bruce Highway and Martin Road at Palmview.
  • Ongoing drainage and earthworks at the Sunshine Motorway interchange to Sippy Downs interchange.
  • Temporary traffic management on local roads.
  • Installation of precast bridge components and concrete pours at the Sunshine Motorway interchange and Caloundra Road interchange.
  • Service relocation works for water, telecommunications and electricity.
  • Construction is due for completion in late 2020, weather permitting.