Building Queensland's Transport Infrastructure for the 21st Century

Media Release


13 May 2014

Media Release Issued by:

Warren Truss

Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

The Abbott Government has made a record $13.4 billion investment to build the infrastructure of the 21st Century for Queensland.

The funds provided in the 2014–15 Federal Budget are part of the Government's Economic Action Strategy to build a strong, prosperous economy, boost productivity and create thousands of new jobs.

The Government's Infrastructure Investment Programme will provide economic benefits for Queensland.

Congestion in our towns and cities costs the economy billions of dollars every year in lost productivity.

Better roads mean less congestion, faster travel times and lower fuel costs.

The Abbott Government's investment in Queensland will also improve freight transport linkages to key domestic and export markets.

Queensland projects include:

  • Bruce Highway: 45 new projects or programmes of works on the Bruce Highway, plus funding to complete 16 ongoing projects through the 10 year Fix the Bruce Highway plan to improve the safety and reliability of the Highway for all users.
    • Federal contribution: $6.7 billion
  • Gateway Motorway North: Realignment, widening and upgrade of 11.3 kilometres of the Gateway Motorway in Brisbane between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge to improve safety and ease congestion.
    • Federal contribution: $929.6 million
  • Toowoomba Second Range Crossing: Construction of a bypass to the north of Toowoomba, running from the Warrego Highway at Helidon in the east, to the Gore Highway at Athol in the west.
    • Federal contribution up to $1.285 billion
  • Warrego Highway: works on the Warrego Highway, delivering pavement widening and lane duplication, additional overtaking lanes and intersection safety upgrades.
    • Federal contribution: $508 million

$6.6 billion of new investment across Australia is being fast-tracked in the Budget to build much-needed economic infrastructure. It includes $696.8 million for Queensland.

Funding will also continue over the next six years for road maintenance, with $2.5 billion for Roads to Recovery and $565 million for Black Spots projects, in addition to our new $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme.

The funds for Queensland make up one of the largest shares of the Government's $50 billion infrastructure plan in the 2014–15 Budget.

The new Infrastructure Investment Programme will deliver $40.8 billion between 2013–14 and 2018–19, with a further commitment of $4.5 billion budgeted for 2019–20 onwards.

Despite the Budget mess left by Labor, the Abbott Government is embarking on a significant platform of projects to drive economic growth, slash travel times in our major cities and create thousands of jobs for a more productive future.

Queensland—Key Projects

Key projects listed below do not include road maintenance funding, Black Spot Projects, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, Roads to Recovery or Untied Local Grants.

Bruce Highway
  • A range of projects and programmes of work on the Bruce Highway to provide a safer, more reliable and efficient Highway.
3594.3 Brisbane to Cairns
Cape York Region Package
  • A package of road and community infrastructure projects, including upgrading and weather-proofing of the Peninsula Development Road.
208.4 Cape York
Cloncurry Heavy Vehicle Bypass
  • Construction of heavy vehicle bypass, from Flinders Highway to Sir Hudson Fysh Drive, including intersection upgrades.
4.0 Cloncurry
D'Aguilar Highway
  • Safety works to improve visibility, construct new turning lanes and guard rails, upgrade intersections and drainage and improve line markings on sections of the D'Aguilar Highway.
16.0 Caboolture to Kilcoy
Dalrymple Road
  • Construction of a raised 450 metre two lane bridge on Dalrymple Road over the Bohle River, plus channelling works, including table drains and culverts to divert water during flooding.
20.0 Townsville
Gateway Motorway North
  • Upgrade of a 11.3 kilometre section of the Gateway Motorway in Brisbane between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge, including widening from four lanes to six, upgrading the Nudgee Interchange and duplication of the Deagon Deviation.
929.6 Brisbane
Gateway Motorway North (Nudgee Road to the Bruce Highway)
  • Construction of an additional northbound lane between Sandgate Road and Deagon Deviation, plus planning and preconstruction works towards the upgrade the Gateway Motorway between Nudgee Road and the Bruce Highway.
6.5 Brisbane
Gateway Motorway South ( Mt. Gravatt-Capalaba Road to the Pacific Motorway)
  • Widening of Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road between Broadwater Road and Gardner Road and realignment and extension of the southbound Gateway Motorway on-ramp to the Pacific Motorway, plus planning towards the future widening of the Gateway Motorway between Mt. Gravatt—Capalaba Road and the Pacific Motorway.
19.9 Brisbane
Gladstone Port Access Road
  • Extension of the Gladstone Port Access road to redirect larger vehicles and hazardous goods movements away from the local and general commuter traffic.
48.2 Gladstone
Interchange at Mains and Kessels Road
  • Upgrade of the intersection involving construction of an underpass on the Brisbane Urban Corridor.
51.4 Brisbane
Ipswich Motorway—Darra to Rocklea
  • Widening and upgrading, including the addition of Intelligent Transport Technologies for the Ipswich Motorway Rocklea to Darra section.
279.0 Darra to Rocklea
Ipswich Motorway—Dinmore to Goodna
  • Widening of the Ipswich Motorway to six lanes between Dinmore and the Ipswich/Logan Motorway interchange and improving access to rail stations, facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.
3.1 Dinmore to Goodna
Kin Kora Roundabout
  • Upgrade of the Kin Kora roundabout at the intersection of the Dawson Highway and Philip Street in Gladstone to a four-way signalised intersection.
12.5 Gladstone
Kirrama Range Road
  • Rehabilitation of Kirrama Range Road, including replacement of bridges.
1.0 North Queensland
Legacy Way Tunnel
  • Construction of a 4.6 kilometre tunnel and toll road connecting the Western Freeway at Toowong with the Inner City Bypass at Kelvin Grove.
400.0 Brisbane
Managed Motorways – Gateway Motorway to Caboolture
  • Installation of Managed Motorways operations on the Bruce Highway between the Gateway Motorway and the D'Aguilar Highway to improve capacity, reliability and safety.
17.4 Brisbane to Caboolture
Moreton Bay Rail Link
  • Delivery of a 12.6 km electrified dual-track passenger rail line between Petrie and Kippa-Ring, including six new stations.
518.4 Moreton Bay
Old Toogoom Road, Hervey Bay
  • Upgrade of sections of Old Toogoom Road to improve access.
1.0 Hervey Bay
Peak Downs Highway
  • Upgrade of the crossing of Eton Range to address safety and operational deficiencies.
112.6 Eton Range
River Heads Road, Hervey Bay
  • Upgrade of sections of River Heads Road to improve access.
3.8 Hervey Bay
Toowoomba Second Range Crossing
  • Construction of a bypass the north of Toowoomba, running from the Warrego Highway at Helidon in the east, to the Gore Highway at Athol in the west.
1285.0 Toowoomba
Warrego Highway
  • A programme of works on the Warrego Highway, delivering pavement widening and lane duplication, additional overtaking lanes and intersection safety upgrades.
508.0 Toowoomba to Miles
Wooloowin and Milton intersections, Brisbane
  • Safety improvements to the Bridge Street Intersection in Wooloowin and the Milton Road exit on Hale Street in Milton.
1.0 Brisbane
Outback Way
  • Sealing and upgrade of sections of the Outback Way in Queensland to improve safety and access to remote areas.
11.0 Central West Queensland