Tunnels on Legacy Way Near Completion

Media Release

WT055/2014

09 April 2014

Joint release with:

Graham Quirk

Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor

Construction on Brisbane's $1.5 billion Legacy Way project is now three-quarters complete, with the road base laid and underground substations fully constructed.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the construction team would now focus on the mechanical and electrical fit-out of Legacy Way's twin tunnels.

“Over the next 12 months, tunnel work will include installing fans for ventilation and smoke control, as well as cameras, signs, lighting and public address systems,” Mr Truss said.

“As tunnel work continues, four hectares of the above-ground western worksite at Toowong will be transformed into an expansion of the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.

“The Australian Government has committed $500 million to the Legacy Way project, an important part of the $9.5 billion package of works planned for Queensland through the Infrastructure Investment Programme.”

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Legacy Way tunnel installations represented an important milestone, as the work would guarantee a safe driving environment when the tunnel opens to traffic in 2015.

“Legacy Way will connect the Western Freeway at Toowong with the Inner City Bypass at Kelvin Grove, providing Brisbane drivers with an alternate to local roads for efficiency and better access,” Cr Quirk said.

“Once open in 2015, Legacy Way will reduce traffic congestion and almost halve peak hour travel times between the Centenary Bridge and the Inner City Bypass.

“Works will be undertaken to finalise road paving, line marking and installation of barriers in the twin tunnels prior to the 2015 opening.”

Brisbane City Council is providing $1 billion to build Legacy Way. More information about the project is online at http://transcityjv.com.au