Contract Awarded for Gateway Motorway Project at Wishart

Media Release

WT022/2014

26 February 2014

Joint release with:

Ian Walker

Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and The Arts
Member for Mansfield

Ross Vasta

Federal Member for Bonner

Major works are set to kick-off on Brisbane's south side, with McIlwain Civil awarded one of the Gateway Motorway project's main contracts.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said works for the Gateway Upgrade South project include upgrading Mount Gravatt-Capalaba Road and the Gateway Motorway interchange at Wishart.

“Mount Gravatt-Capalaba Road carries more than 35,000 vehicles per day. With so much traffic coming through, safety is a top priority so I am happy to see this important project move forward,” Mr Truss said.

“These works are part of a $140 million state and federal government investment to upgrade the Motorway at Wishart and Eight Mile Plains.”

Member for Mansfield and Minister for Science, Information Technology and The Arts Ian Walker said a staged upgrade would be carried out, targeting other priority locations on the Motorway.

“Key access points on the motorway need to be upgraded to meet future travel demands associated with population and economic growth,” Mr Walker said.

Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta said also as part of the Gateway Upgrade South project, the southbound on-ramp to the Pacific Motorway at Eight Mile Plains is being lengthened to provide road users with more time and distance to merge with through traffic.

“The Gateway Motorway carries over 100,000 vehicles each day around the Mount Gravatt-Capalaba Road interchange. Thirteen percent of those are heavy vehicles, so this Motorway plays a vital role in supporting freight movements across south east Queensland,” Mr Vasta said.

Construction on the Mount Gravatt-Capalaba Road project is expected to start in early April, with completion scheduled for late 2015, weather and construction conditions permitting.