Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Cabbage Tree Creek Bridge Set to Open

Media Release

JB004/2014

30 January 2014

Joint release with:

The Hon Scott Emerson MP

Queensland Minister for Roads
State Member for Indooroopilly

Mr Luke Howarth MP

Federal Member for Petrie

From Monday 3 February, motorists will be driving on the newly completed northbound lane of the Gateway Motorway across the new Cabbage Tree Creek Bridge at Deagon as part of the Gateway Additional Lane project.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Jamie Briggs yesterday inspected the project, and was pleased to see that progress was on schedule for such an important project on one of Queensland's most congested motorways.

“The broader Gateway Motorway North project is also on schedule with early works due to commence later this year,” Mr Briggs said.

“The Gateway Motorway North project will provide substantial relief for motorists who experience daily congestion on the motorway through the upgrade of the motorway from four to six lanes from Nudgee to Deagon.”

Traffic diversions relating to the Gateway Additional Lane project will be put in place over the coming weekend, between Friday 31 January and Monday 3 February 2014.

Mr Emerson said that the construction team has planned this work to minimise disruptions to traffic.

“I suggest that road users allow extra time for their journeys or plan alternative routes,” Mr Emerson said.

“The traffic changes will free up the area between the inbound and outbound lanes of the Gateway Motorway at Deagon so the construction team can build the last part of the bridge across Cabbage Tree Creek.”

Federal Member for Petrie, Luke Howarth, who grew up in Bracken Ridge, right next to the upgrade, said this infrastructure project is vital to his community.

“In the past few months whilst talking to local residents in Fitzgibbon, Carseldine, Bald Hills and Bracken Ridge this has been the number one issue raised,” Mr Howarth said.

“People want to commute to and from work easily without wasting precious time sitting in traffic jams.”

Mr Briggs said the Australian Government understood the urgency of the upgrades to the Gateway Motorway.

“This is why we have fully funded the $125 million Gateway Additional Lane and Gateway Motorway North Business Case, and why we have committed up to $1 billion to the future construction of the Gateway Motorway North project.”