Traffic management changes as Bruce Highway improvements continue

An 11 km stretch of the Bruce Highway between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Steve Irwin Way will be widened from four to six lanes and 10 new bridges will be added. Picture: Facebook

A series of traffic management technologies are being deployed along a 60 kilometer stretch of the Bruce Highway as upgrade work continues.

Smart Motorways technology is implemented between Pine River and Caloundra Road – with ramp signals, variable speed limit and message signs and vehicle detection systems implemented.

CCTV cameras will also be used to monitor and react to changing conditions such as accidents, wet weather or heavy traffic conditions in real time.

“This system has been very successful in places like the M1, the Gateway Highway and here on the Bruce Highway,” said Kurwongbah State Member Shane King.

“The installation complements other work underway, such as the upgrade and widening of the Deception Bay Interchange from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast.”

Preparations are currently underway around Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to widen the southbound entrance ramp to the Bruce Highway and install ramp signage, variable speed limit signs and a new shared path on the highway.

The project will install wireless traffic sensors at priority locations along the highway to monitor vehicle travel times, traffic flow and speed.

Due to high traffic volumes, most work will be carried out at night to minimize disruption.

Traffic controllers, reduced speed limits and signs will be in place.

A series of works between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Steve Irwin Way is also progressing.

Starting next week, drivers heading south on the Bruce Highway will be realigned on a new, wider route between Six Mile Creek and Pumicestone Road.

The opening of the realigned southbound entrance ramp from Steve Irwin Way to the Bruce Highway will also take place shortly. When the project is complete, the new ramp will flow directly into an additional third lane of the freeway.

The latest two upgrades along this stretch follow the switch of traffic from the northbound Bruce Highway to the new southbound carriageway between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Pumicestone Road, which took place last week.

Temporary diversions will be in place until early 2023 to allow construction to begin on three northbound lanes and two bridges.

The $662.5 million Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way (Junction 163) is jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Government of Queensland.

This project will widen the 11 km stretch of the Bruce Highway from four to six lanes between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Steve Irwin Way (exit 163).

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