Gateway Upgrade North—Release of Preferred Plan

Media Release

WT003/2013

01 October 2013

Media Release Issued by:

Acting Prime Minister

Joint release with:

Scott Emerson

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads

Work on the Gateway Upgrade North project has been fast tracked, with designs now available online and early works due to begin in late 2014.

Speaking at the release of the preferred plan today, Acting Prime Minister, Warren Truss, and Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister, Scott Emerson, said the deal struck between the Australian and Queensland governments prior to the federal election meant certainty for the project.

“I expect we will be ready to call for tenders for early works in mid-2014,” Mr Truss said.

“This was a key election promise for an Abbott government to ease congestion and improve safety on one of Queensland's most congested motorways.

The upgrade will include widening 11.3 kilometres of roadway from four to six lanes between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge, upgrading the Nudgee Interchange and increasing the Deagon Deviation to two lanes in each direction.

The upgrade and extra lanes will reduce congestion and improve access, traffic flow and driver safety on and off the motorway in each direction.

Mr Emerson said site investigations, including surveys and geotechnical work, are already underway for use in the detailed design.

“Motoring bodies regularly rate this as one of the worst sections of road in Queensland, the cause of major delays and a burden on the economy.

“The upgrade is long overdue and will provide substantial relief for motorists who experience daily congestion on the motorway.

“This project is also of great strategic importance in supporting the Port of Brisbane and the Australian Trade Coast Precinct, an economic growth zone of national significance with predicted employment creation of over 110,000 jobs by the year 2026,” said Mr Emerson.

To view the preferred plan for the Gateway Upgrade North project visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au (search for projects Gateway Upgrade North) or call 1800 288 355.