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Construction Starts on Gateway Motorway South

Media Release

WT058/2014

17 April 2014

Joint release with:

Steve Minnikin

Queensland Assistant Minister for Public Transport

Congestion on Brisbane's busy Gateway Motorway South will soon ease with construction starting on the widening of Mt Gravatt–Capalaba Road across the Gateway Motorway, including improvements to ramps for drivers entering and exiting the highway.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project continues the Australian Government's commitment to removing congestion and improving efficiency on our roads.

“The Gateway Motorway is a major arterial road for Brisbane and this stage of the $140 million project will help get traffic moving on what is often a badly congested road,” Mr Truss said.

“Not only will the widening of Mt Gravatt–Capalaba Road mean motorists get to their destinations more quickly, they will get there safely.

“We've just completed the extension of the Gateway Motorway South on-ramp to the Pacific Highway, and this widening continues our commitment to increase efficiencies for road users.”

Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta said he was delighted the Australian Government was focussed on improving Brisbane roads.

“This is a much needed upgrade for Brisbane motorists,” Mr Vasta said.

“Along with the $1 billion Gateway Motorway North upgrade, it is fair to say the Australian Government has a clear focus on this important corridor.”

Assistant Minister for Public Transport Steve Minnikin said the project will provide a safer and more efficient connection, to and from the Gateway Motorway benefiting more than 35,000 motorists who travel on this stretch every day.

“In partnership with the Australian Government, this is another example of the Newman Government delivering on its election promise to deliver better infrastructure and better planning for Queenslanders,” Mr Minnikin said.

“I am looking forward to the completion of the project so we can keep Brisbane moving.”

The Australian and Queensland Governments are jointly funding the projects, investing $70 million each into the upgrades.