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

Major Paradise Road Upgrade Underway

Media Release

PF062/2016

02 August 2016

Joint release with:

Graham Quirk

Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor

A major upgrade of a key southern corridor is in full swing, with construction underway on an $18.5 million project to boost safety and improve flood immunity along Paradise Road at Larapinta.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Council was getting on with the job of delivering more 90 congestion busting projects across the city, with Paradise Road now undergoing realignment works as part of the project.

“Council has invested around $10 million into the project which is jointly-funded by the Australian Government, and will widen and realign the stretch of road between Gardens Drive and Radius Drive to improve safety along the accident-prone stretch,” Cr Quirk said.

“This section of Paradise Road currently features long straights that lead into tight curves which have contributed to serious safety issues.

“Eighteen accidents have occurred along the stretch over a five-year period, with one resulting in loss of life and five hospitalisations. Half of these accidents were caused by heavy vehicles overturning.

“Council is widening the 2.2km stretch, including the lanes in both directions, increasing the width of the sealed road shoulders, and providing a 5.5m clear zone from the edge of the traffic lanes.”

“This project will also ensure the road is more resilient to flooding, with a complete replacement of the road pavement with a more durable surface.

“Existing culvert crossings and side drains will also be upgraded to improve drainage in the area.”

Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher said the project would ensure a safer and more efficient journey for motorists, providing for Brisbane’s road network.

“The Australian Government has provided more than $8 million through its Roads to Recovery Programme, which is delivering more than $3 billion from 2014–15 to 2018–19 to improve road infrastructure across the country,” Minister Fletcher said.

“This project will not only benefit the local community, but the thousands of motorists who rely on Paradise Road for their daily travels, particular the industrial sector.

“Paradise Road connects to the Logan Motorway which carries more than 6,000 vehicles each day.

“This road is heavily utilised by neighbouring industrial precincts, with commercial vehicles making up 12 per cent of daily traffic.”

In order to complete the project, Paradise Road between Gardens Drive and Radius Drive will be closed throughout construction.

Council has been working closely with the community to ensure residents and businesses are informed of the closures, detour signage has been installed to assist motorists.

A detour map is also available via Council’s website: www.brisbane.qld.gov.au.

The project is expected to be completed early next year, weather permitting.