Brisbane's Legacy Way Taking Shape
30 January 2014
Joint release with:
The Hon Teresa Gambaro MP
Federal Member for Brisbane
Mrs Jane Prentice MP
Federal Member for Ryan
Brisbane’s Legacy Way project is taking shape and making progress to connect the Western Freeway at Toowong with the Inner City Bypass at Kelvin Grove.
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Jamie Briggs, yesterday joined Member for Brisbane, Teresa Gambaro, and Member for Ryan, Jane Prentice, on site to inspect ongoing works.
“The drilling of the 4.6 kilometre twin tunnels was completed ahead of schedule and the road base in the tunnels is now being completed,” Mr Briggs said.
“With some 70 per cent of the project now complete, Legacy Way is well and truly becoming a reality. Locals and visitors alike are now getting a real idea of what to expect when finished.
“This is why we have maintained our $500 million commitment to this project, that delivers the infrastructure we need for the 21st Century,” Mr Briggs said.
Ms Gambaro said the construction of Legacy Way was supporting around 5,100 jobs over the life of the project. A further $10.5 billion in flow-on benefits for the greater Brisbane region—a vital economic injection into the region, especially in the challenging times we are dealing with.
“This really is one project that will in the long term keep Brisbane moving, connecting our west with our city centre.
“I thank both the Assistant Minister for standing by Legacy Way and Brisbane City Council, which is contributing over $1 billion, for their strong commitment to this project,” Ms Gambaro said.
Mrs Prentice said the project would cut travel times by half once fully operational, meaning commuters will spend less time in the car and more time with family and friends.
“Importantly for the voters of Ryan, Legacy Way will provide a safer, more efficient and faster trip towards the Brisbane CBD with the completed project expected to cater for over 30,000 vehicles a day.
“Over the next 18 months I look forward to seeing Legacy Way grow and develop further to deliver the transport infrastructure to keep Brisbane moving long-term,” she said.
The trio added work was currently continuing on Western Freeway Outbound and Inbound sections, as well as Moggill Road works at Indooroopilly—drivers and other road users are asked to take care around the works.
Legacy Way is expected to be completed in 2015.