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North Coast

Fast facts

Map of North Coast district 
Map of Queensland with North Coast District highlighted 
Area covered

10,539km2

Population of Queensland

17.18%

Data source: Queensland Government Statistician's Office (Queensland Treasury), Queensland Regional Profiles www.qgso.qld.gov.au, April 2020

1,369km

State-controlled roads*

129km

National Land Transport Network*

942,838

Vehicle safety and machinery inspections

60

Boating infrastructures

20

Community safety events held

6,473

Vehicle safety inspections completed

403

Bridges**

18,987

Drivers licence tests conducted

440,530

Customer face-to-face interaction

451

Priority enabled intersection

Data source: *A Road Management Information System (ARMIS), 30 June 2020
Data source: **Bridge Information System (BIS), 30 June 2020

Highlights

  • Continued widening of the Bruce Highway, from four to six lanes, between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway, and upgrading interchanges at Caloundra Road and Sunshine Motorway, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • Commenced construction of the Maroochydore Road and Mons Road Interchange upgrade, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • Completed detailed design of the Deception Bay Road Interchange upgrade on the Bruce Highway, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • Continued intersection improvements as part of the Caboolture Connection Road Route Safety Strategy accelerated works.
  • Completed installing barriers on various sections of the Bruce Highway between Brisbane and Gympie, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.

Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway

The Bruce Highway is being upgraded to six lanes between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway. It includes major upgrades to both interchanges and the delivery of a two-way service road for local traffic on the western side of the highway between Steve Irwin Way and Tanawha Tourist Drive.

The Caloundra Road interchange is currently being transformed into Australia's first Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) which moves right-turning motorists to the traffic coming the opposite way.

Incorporating the DDI at Caloundra Road significantly reduced the interchange footprint on the nearby Mooloolah River National Park from 35 hectares to about six hectares. The DDI will continue to evolve as new sections are completed and opened to traffic. It is expected the DDI will be fully operational towards the end of 2020, weather permitting.

In May 2020, piling work started on a new bridge over the Sunshine Motorway near Sippy Downs. This bridge will form a key link to more than nine kilometres of new dedicated lanes and pathways that are currently under construction for bike riders and pedestrians.

Bruce Highway Upgrade – Maroochydore Road and Mons Road Interchanges

This interchange project involves building a new four-lane eastbound bridge over the Bruce Highway from Nambour Connection Road to Maroochydore Road. The existing Maroochydore Road and Nambour Connection Road roundabout will be converted to a fully controlled, signalised interchange.

Works include:

  • Maroochydore Road interchange ramps extended and widened
  • interchanges connected via two new service roads on the eastern and western sides of the Bruce Highway
  • the north-facing ramps at the Mons Road interchange removed and the Mons Road southbound on-ramp upgraded
  • Mons Road widened underneath the highway
  • Mons Road northbound off-ramp relocated to a new roundabout at the intersection of Chevallum Road and Rainforest Road.

Project benefits include: 

  • separation of local and highway traffic to improve travel times, safety, and efficiency
  • improved flood immunity at Eudlo Creek
  • greater transport network capacity and reliability
  • improved active transport connections for bike riders and pedestrians through the Maroochydore Road interchange connecting to Sandalwood Lane and Mons Road.

Early service works were completed in April 2020 with major construction commencing in June 2020. 

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

The department is continuing to build on its commitment to develop the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail into a world-class tourism asset. In 2019–20, accessibility has been improved by resurfacing works, removing gates, and installing a further 21 bicycle type cattle grids along the trail to enhance the user experience.

As part of the commitment to deliver a sustainable transport network for its customers, and as part of the Queensland Government's Cycle Network Local Government Grants program, the department contributed funding to Ipswich City Council to construct the Brassall Bikeway Stage 7, a concrete, shared pathway, along a section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail between Diamantina Boulevard, Brassall and Bayley Road, Pine Mountain. The shared pathway opened to the public in April 2020.

A five year Strategic Plan is being finalised to guide future development and management of the trail. A draft of the Strategic Plan was released for key stakeholder feedback in early 2020.