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Tugun Bypass

Our Role

SMEC provided road, tunnel, bridge and drainage design; environmental management; community consultation; Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs); options development and analysis; and documentation and construction management.

Key deliverables included:

  • Successful delivery of 7 km of dual carriageway highway
  • Fast track design and construction to enable the “essential tunnel works” to commence almost immediately on contract award for the 550 m tunnel under the Gold Coast Airport
  • Delivered five bridges and new interchanges for southern and northern tie-in to the existing Pacific Highway
  • Extensive community consultation, including delivery of a community legacy project (walkway between Tugun Hill Conservation Park and Mirreen Park)
  • Fast tracked approval of environmental management plans whilst maintaining highest possible standards (in the context of high level scrutiny from approving agencies and special interest groups)
  • Complex interfaces involving QLD, NSW and Commonwealth jurisdictions for adjacent environmentally sensitive wetlands and endangered species habitat controlled under the EPBC Act

Project Overview

The Tugun Bypass project was undertaken by an Alliance including SMEC, Abigroup Contractors (now LendLease) and the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland.

The project involved the design and construction of a new four-lane highway connecting the existing Pacific Highway between Currumbin Valley and the Tweed Interchange at Coolangatta with the provision for six lanes in the future.

The works involved the construction of 5.6 km of new four-lane highway, four bridges, a tunnel under the Gold Coast Airport runway, a new interchange at Stewarts Road on the Pacific Highway, and improvements to the existing Tweed Interchange.

The project improved traffic flow through the existing intersection at Tugun, significantly reducing travel times for commuters.

Technical Area:
Department of Main Roads, Queensland

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