Moreton Bay Region & Brisbane: Construction Project Outlook Beyond 2021

Upcoming Projects and Developments in the Moreton Bay Region

Illustration of construction workers on a road in an urban area.

South-East Queensland is growing rapidly, with much of that growth focused in the Moreton Bay Region. We shared in our previous blog on concrete recycling facts and statistics that the region is predicted to grow by 40% over a 20-year period. This adds up to 622,131 people by 2036, a substantial increase from 425,500 in 2015.

And that means more demand for housing, roads, and other infrastructure – not to mention community facilities and sporting venues.

If you’re in the construction industry, it’s important to be aware of any major projects that are coming up across Queensland, Brisbane, and the Moreton Bay Region. That way, you can be ready for upcoming tenders, training requirements, and demand for products and services.

We’ve done the research to uncover a number of upcoming projects and developments in the local area, from major roadworks and new communities to the Brisbane 2032 Olympics.

Highway Upgrades

Several major highways in the area are undergoing large-scale upgrades, particularly north of Brisbane from the Moreton Bay Region to the Sunshine Coast.

Caboolture – Steve Irwin Way

November 2020-early 2023
This $662.5 million project, awarded to Acciona, will widen the Bruce Highway from 4 to 6 lanes and upgrade creek crossings between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Steve Irwin Way.

Deception Bay Overpass

November 2020-early 2023
This  $163.3 million project, awarded to BMD, involves constructing two new parallel bridges and removing the existing two-lane bridge over the Bruce Highway, as well as upgrading ramps, providing more options for pedestrians and bike riders, and upgrading intersections on Deception Bay Road.

Bruce Highway Western Alternative

Undergoing planning study
With significant residential developments and population growth planned for the Caboolture West area, a planning study and community consultation (investment: $20 million) are currently underway for a new western transport corridor, which will provide a future alternative to the Bruce Highway.

North Brisbane Major Motorway Upgrade

Undergoing planning investigations, to be finalised in 2023
This $2.1 billion project includes plans to upgrade the Gateway between Bracken Ridge and Pine River, Gympie Arterial Road between Strathpine Road and the Gateway Motorway, and the Bruce Highway between the Gateway Motorway and Dohles Rocks Road. This includes new ramps and a new North-South Urban Arterial corridor from Dohles Rocks Road to Anzac Avenue.

Smart Motorways Technology

Undergoing design – construction starting early 2022
This $105 million project involves installing Smart Motorways Technology on the Bruce Highway between Pine River and Caloundra Road. New installations include on-ramp signals to manage traffic flows, variable speed limit signals, variable message signs, vehicle detection systems, and CCTV cameras for real traffic monitoring.

D’Aguilar Highway Upgrades

Construction commencing late 2021
The D’Aguilar Highway from Caboolture to Yarraman is undergoing a series of safety improvements, including a 1m wide centre line treatment, widening the road shoulder, clearing roadside vegetation, and installing safety barriers. This $19 million project is part of a broader Federal/Queensland government $415 million economic stimulus package. Another 4km section of the D’Aguilar Highway (west of Lord Lane at Moodlu and Wamuran township) is also undergoing similar upgrades in a $12 million project.

Major Developments

Moreton Bay already has several new major residential developments underway.

North Harbour

Ongoing residential development; Marina precinct scheduled for 2030

North Harbour current and proposed developments.
Image from North Harbour

The North Harbour estate in Burpengary East was first approved in 2009 and already includes 640+ homes. In 2018 it was named Queensland’s best residential subdivision. Their future vision is focused on a $2.74 billion North Harbour Marina Precinct (covering 570HA of waterfront land), which will include a 400-berth marina, fishing/diving/boating facilities, cafes and restaurants, a waterfront boardwalk, 600 apartments, 600 detached homes, and an 800-dwelling canal waterfront estate. The Queensland Government is currently reviewing the Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Priority Development Area (PDA) request, which will recognise the Marina’s importance to growth in the area and help fast track development.

Caboolture West

Currently reviewing public consultation submissions
Caboolture West  (including Bellmere) has been earmarked for future development as the local council’s largest growth area, expected to house 68,000 residents in the next 40 years. Over the next 10-15 years, a proposed planning scheme amendment should support a local community of 2,500-3,000 new homes, a primary school, a local shopping centre, sporting fields, local parks, green space, and both pedestrian and bike paths (with more to come in the decades to follow). The area is poised to be more than twice the size of North Lakes.

Major Road Upgrades

A number of roads around the region are undergoing widening work and other improvements to increase capacity and improve safety.

Deception Bay Road Duplication

Undergoing planning – business case completion expected late 2022
Plans are underway to widen Deception Bay road from two to four lanes between the Bruce Highway and Park Road. This $1.5 million project will boost capacity and improve traffic flow in the area.

Caboolture Connection Road Upgrades

Completion expected in mid-2022
A number of locations along Lower King Street and King Street between the D’Aguilar Highway and Bruce Highway are undergoing upgrades to signals and intersections. This $7.5 million project will improve road safety and address several high-risk crash zones in the area.

Morayfield Road and Beerburrum Road

Construction scheduled for 2021-2022
This $28.8 million project covers a number of road safety improvements in the area, including new/modified traffic signals, longer turning lanes, improved pedestrian facilities, and removal of roadside hazards.

Caboolture-Bribie Island Road Upgrade

Staged delivery over 20 year period
This ongoing project is currently valued at $58.35 million, with state and federal funding allocated. Over a 20 year period, Caboolture-Bribie Island Road will undergo a number of upgrades, including additional lanes and a new bridge to Bribie Island. This project will improve safety, mitigate local flooding risks, and ease congestion. So far, a corridor study has been completed for the Bribie Island Bridge (which is expected to reach capacity by 2031), identifying a suitable corridor for the new bridge.

Petrie Intersection Upgrades

Construction started March 2021
The Petrie roundabout at the major intersection of Anzac Avenue, Gympie Road, and Dayboro Road is undergoing upgrades. This includes a signalled T-intersection, wider roads, signalled turning lanes, U-turn facilities, improved pedestrian and bike rider facilities, and more. The $30 million project will improve safety and traffic flow in the local area.

Eatons Crossing Road Upgrades

Design completed early 2022, construction expected from 2022-2024
This $57 million project targets safety improvements along Eatons Crossing Road and Mount Samson Road. Upgrades include new signals, widening, wide centre line treatment, shoulder widening, and safety barriers.

Looking Ahead: Olympics 2032

Artist impression of the Gabba in Brisbane after being rebuilt for the 2032 Olympics.
Image supplied by Queensland Government via ABC

In July 2021, Brisbane officially won the bid to host the 2032 Olympics. While it’s still 11 years away, we can expect greater investment in Brisbane and Moreton Bay infrastructure to get the area ready for an influx of international talent, support teams, media, and tourists.

Here’s what’s been proposed so far:

  • A total of 31 competition venues – 19 of which are existing (5 of which require permanent works), 5 temporary, and 7 new permanent
  • The Gabba – To be “rebuilt and raised up”, costing an estimated $1 billion
  • Brisbane Olympic Stadium – New 50,000 capacity venue for ceremonies and athletics
  • Brisbane Arena – New stadium to be built in CBD area, with similar proposals costing around $2.1 billion
  • Sunshine Coast Convention and Entertainment Centre – New 6,000 capacity venue for Basketball preliminaries
  • Other venues – Whitewater Centre, Flatwater Centre, and four indoor sports centres
  • Media Centre – Temporary media centre based in Albion
  • Olympic Villages – 14,000 beds in Brisbane (waterfront urban renewal project); 2,000 beds in the Goldcoast (existing hotel cluster in Surfers Paradise)

The IOC’s Feasibility Assessment for Brisbane states that the games could act as a “catalyst to create a better-connected region”, supporting significant growth along transportation corridors, from the Sunshine Coast down to the Gold Coast.

Plus, as part of IOC’s ‘New Norm’ for hosting the Olympic Games, Brisbane has promised a focus on venue reuse, sustainability and economic stability. This includes reusing and repurposing existing Brisbane sports venues and Gold Coast venues that were recently used for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The IOC proposal suggests that the games should drive Queensland’s sustainability agenda and provide a benchmark for Australia, supporting long-term sustainability.

Sustainable growth is the future for Moreton Bay

It’s clear that our region is in the midst of an exciting period of growth, with a range of opportunities for businesses to support this growth with construction, demolition, landscaping, and other services.

If you’re a local business in the C&D industry, you’re ideally positioned to shape a more sustainable Queensland and Moreton Bay region by choosing recycled construction materials and recycling your C&D waste, wherever possible.

We can help with that!

At Moreton Bay Recycling we accept concrete waste for recycling – and sell quality recycled concrete aggregates, ideal for a range of construction and landscaping projects.

If you’re new to concrete recycling, why not pop in for a visit at our Narangba facility or give us a call on (07) 3293 4949.

See you soon,

– Hilary Dold, General Manager

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