The Bruce Highway Upgrade Program is the largest road infrastructure program Queensland has ever seen. It is aimed at improving safety, flood resilience, and capacity along the length and breadth of the highway between Brisbane and Cairns. TSA Advisory was engaged to assist Building Queensland with the development of three business cases for upgrades to sections of the Bruce Highway:
- Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale (E2G)
- Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 4: Kate Street to Aumuller Street (K2A)
- Bruce Highway Maroochydore Road Interchange Upgrade Project (BHMIP)
TSA Advisory’s role included developing project documentation in accordance with Building Queensland procedures, and the management and coordination of six consulting firms for the production of business case inputs and technical reports. The project required extensive interfacing with Queensland Government Department stakeholders, Building Queensland group director and executives. The final business cases were successfully delivered and endorsed within the compressed timeframes. The projects have since commence delivery.
Stage 3 of the project (E2G) will see a $481m upgrade of the highway, duplicating 10 kilometres of the existing Bruce Highway near Cairns, incorporating an existing, four lane section and the relocation of an existing rail line. The new alignment will increase road safety and improve traffic flow.
Stage 4 (K2A) of the project involves a $135 million upgrade of the highway, with additional lanes constructed to widen the highway from four to six lanes.
The BHMIP is a $300m, major interchange upgrade which will include a new, four lane, eastbound bridge over the Bruce Highway, traffic signals at the nearby roundabout, provision of service roads and relocation of an off ramp.