the fight is over…



The state department of Transport and Main Roads recently released its long-awaited revised plan for the upgrade of the Bruce Highway between the Caloundra and Sippy Downs interchanges. The revised plan reflects community feedback on the original draft, which removed the on/off ramps at the Sippy Downs interchange. The new plan retains the ramps, providing full access to the Sunshine Motorway interchange for Sippy Downs residents. It also preserves the Tanawha Tourist Drive as a separate road from the new Bruce Highway western service road. The proposed flyover for northbound access from the Sunshine Motorway to the Bruce Highway has been replaced with a loop road, due to cost. However, in order to conform with national highway standards, all entry and exit points to the Bruce Highway between the interchanges will be removed, including at Frizzo and Pignata Road. Local access will be via the western service road, which will also service the Aussie World precinct, and the Pignata Road underpass will be upgraded.

In a separate announcement last week, the federal government has committed $4 billion for Bruce Highway upgrades. This funding includes construction of the northbound flyover from the Sunshine Motorway to the Bruce Highway. According to the Sunshine Coast Daily, $400 million has been allocated for this project. The SDDCA welcomes the announcement and is seeking clarification of the amount of funding and the implication for the revised plan, which replaces the flyover with a loop road.