Gateway Additional Lane Nears Completion

Media Release

WT106/2014

10 July 2014

Joint release with:

Scott Emerson

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads

Luke Howarth

Federal Member for Petrie

Kerry Millard

Member for Sandgate

Commuters using the Gateway Motorway are on track to enjoy better travel times as a new lane is set to open in the next few months.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss joined Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson, Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth and Member for Sandgate Kerry Millard today to visit the 2.5 kilometre road widening project between Sandgate Road and Barrett Street.

Mr Truss said the Australian Government has provided $125 million to finish the works, and get planning and land acquisition underway for further widening of the Motorway between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge.

“The Australian Government has committed a further $930 million to deliver the Nudgee to Bracken Ridge widening with early works starting later this year,” Mr Truss said.

“These projects will widen the most congested sections of the Gateway Motorway, improving traffic flow for more than 70,000 vehicles each day. Widening works along the Gateway Motorway, including the Cabbage Tree Creek and Depot Road bridges, will help reduce bottle necks.

“This will not only improve journey times for motorists, but also improve freight efficiency along the National Freight Network, which will ensure southeast Queensland's economy continues to grow.”

Mr Emerson said the new lane was set to open in the next few months and is the perfect example of how the Queensland Government is delivering on its strong plan for a brighter future.

“Future works on the Gateway Motorway will also ensure motorists can get home to their families quicker and safer,” Mr Emerson said.

“Cyclists and pedestrians will be able to travel along the road safely thanks to new cycle and walking paths being built between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge. New traffic monitoring technology will also be installed along the motorway, which will adjust traffic flows to ensure that the large volume of freight and commuter traffic can share the road and get to their destinations quickly and safely.”

Mr Howarth said better roads was a top issue for local residents and businesses.

“People want to travel to and from work easily without being stuck in traffic jams. This project will make a big difference to traffic flow, as well as boost the local economy and make our roads safer.”

Ms Millard said it was great to see the Gateway Additional Lane project had created more than 321 direct and indirect jobs.