24 November, 2022
Bruce Highway Western Alternative Stage 2 route confirmed
Transport and Main Roads have identified the preferred route for Stage 2 of the future Bruce Highway Western Alternative, which will connect the areas of Moorina and Narangba.
Selection of the 16-kilometre Stage 2 corridor follows extensive community consultation, with more than 1000 pieces of feedback received since July.
In its entirety, the Bruce Highway Western Alternative will be a 60-kilometre transport corridor extending from Steve Irwin Way at Beerburrum to the North Brisbane Area.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the Moreton Bay region was set to grow, so getting a corridor locked in early was vital.
“We expect more than 656,000 people to move to the Moreton Bay region by 2041,” Minister Bailey said.
“This western alternative to the Bruce Highway will be essential in supporting growth and to prevent gridlock between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.
"Planning ahead allows us to give certainty to local residents, and ensure we are delivering something that meets the needs of the community in the long term.
“A big thank you to all those who have engaged in the consultation and planning process so far – I encourage you to stay engaged as we progress to Stages 3 and 4.”
A North Lakes resident who attended the last of the community consultations at Northlakes on November 22 said this upgrade is necessary, but too late.
The resident said that there will be constant gridlock with 60 km zones, two lanes and bumper bashers for the next five years whilst the project is completed.
“All the while the population goes up by another few thousand,” they said.
“It’s necessary, but they’re doing it all wrong.”
Gazettal of the Stage 2 section will get underway in 2023, to outline the requirements for the area as a transport corridor and ensure the route is protected from future development.
The community is invited to view the preferred alignment and provide feedback until 12 February 2023.