The work is part of the Brue Highway Upgrade on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
The project will see construction of a six-lane divided highway and provide major upgrades of the Caloundra Road and Sunshine Motorway interchanges in one of Queensland’s highest priority road projects. FHSW JW was awarded the contract last week (link opens in new tab).
FHSW JV developed a design solution that transforms the Caloundra Road interchange into a diverging diamond interchange (DDI), the first to be built in Australia. The DDI is designed to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. It also uses a smaller footprint than traditional interchange designs.
“The Arup Jacobs Design Joint Venture is proud to be selected to deliver the detailed design associated with this planned major upgrade for a strategically important link of the Bruce Highway,” said Lee Hudson, design project manager. “By adopting a highly innovative design layout and incorporating a diverging diamond interchange, we specifically targeted a project footprint which significantly reduced associated impacts on the Beerwah State Forest which is a critical objective of the project.”
Detailed design and preliminary construction is expected to commence in late 2016, with major construction scheduled to start in mid-2017. The project is scheduled for completion in 2020, weather permitting.