Pacific Motorway Upgrade on Track for Early Finish

Media Release

WT015/2013

31 October 2013

Joint release with:

Karen Andrews

Federal Member for McPherson

Ros Bates

Queensland Member for Mudgeeraba

Motorists will be able to enjoy the upgraded section of the Pacific Motorway between Worongary and Mudgeeraba six months earlier than expected, thanks to the completion date being brought forward to mid-2014.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, said this section of the motorway was being widened as part of the Australian and Queensland governments' $420 million joint funding commitment to upgrade the motorway between Nerang and Tugun.

“The Australian Government has invested significantly in widening the motorway and upgrading key interchanges to deliver a safer, more efficient highway for Queensland,” Mr Truss said.

“While it was originally expected the works would not be ready until the end of 2014, they're now due for completion by the middle of the year, weather permitting.

“This will mean the upgraded section of motorway will be open to traffic well in advance of the busy summer school holiday period.”

Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, said a combination of factors had allowed the upgrade to progress faster than previously anticipated.

“As well as an excellent team working on this project, favourable weather conditions have meant everyone could get on with the job,” Mrs Andrews said.

Member for Mudgeeraba, Ros Bates, said there was still a lot of work to be done between now and completion.

“While I thank motorists and residents for their patience, I urge everyone to continue to be aware of changed traffic conditions as work progresses,” Ms Bates said.

Up-to-date traffic information is available by calling 131940 or visiting www.131940.qld.gov.au.