Work starts on $1.162 billion Gateway Motorway upgrade
26 February 2016
Joint release with:
Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety
Member for Petrie
State Member for Sandgate
Member for Nudgee
Major works on the $1.162 billion Gateway Upgrade North project were officially launched in Brisbane today.
At a sod turning event to mark the start of works, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the upgrade will include widening 11.3 kilometres of road between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge from four to six lanes.
“The project will improve road safety and reduce congestion for the more than 80,000 motorists who use the motorway each day,” Mr Chester said.
“It will increase capacity and efficiency along this important part of the national road network which is a vital freight route servicing the Port of Brisbane, Trade Coast and Brisbane Airport precinct.
“Ultimately, the upgrade will mean a faster, safer journey to boost freight productivity and improve travel time reliability.
“In what amounts to another major boost for the local economy, around 1000 direct jobs will be supported over the life of the Gateway Upgrade North project, which is expected to be completed in late 2018.”
Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the motorway upgrade will meet the future transport needs of a rapidly-growing region.
“Major works include building extra lanes, new interchanges, bridges and an off-road shared pedestrian and cycle path along the length of the project,” Mr Bailey said.
“The Nudgee interchange will also be upgraded and the Deagon Deviation between Depot Road and Bracken Ridge Road will be widened to two lanes in each direction.”
Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth said the project is the biggest on the motorway since the duplication of the Gateway Bridge.
“Today the motorway is one of Queensland's busiest and this project is a big step towards improving safety, reliability and traffic flow now and well into the future,” Mr Howarth said.
“To give you an idea of the project's size, more than 500,000 tonnes of asphalt will be laid on the motorway, which is enough to fill 80 Olympic-size swimming pools.”
Minister for Transport and Member for Sandgate Stirling Hinchliffe said safety would be improved for the significant commuter and freight traffic travelling through Brisbane's north.
“Drivers will enjoy quicker journeys to and from their destination, while pedestrians and cyclists will also benefit from a new shared path along the upgrade,' Mr Hinchliffe said.
Member for Nudgee Leanne Linard said this was a milestone event that will have so many positive outcomes for South East Queensland.
“The project team will continue working closely with residents, industry, businesses and community groups to ensure key stakeholders are kept informed from start to finish,” Ms Linard said.
“The Department of Transport and Main Roads, Transurban Queensland and Lend Lease will work collaboratively to deliver this significant project.”
The Australian Government has committed $929.6 million to the project, in partnership with the Queensland Government which has committed $232.4 million.
For further information or to subscribe for project updates, visit www.gatewayupgradenorth.com.au