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Earth moves for Gateway upgrade

Media Release

WT168/2014

10 September 2014

Joint release with:

Scott Emerson

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads

Work is underway on the billion dollar Gateway Upgrade North, with Fulton Hogan moving in to begin major earthworks.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the work would take place alongside the motorway at Nudgee and to the north of Nundah Creek.

“Moving hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of soil and rock over the next 12 months will ready the project for the commencement of major construction mid next year,” Mr Truss said.

“It shows our commitment to improving productivity and driver safety that a year after the election, we have bulldozers on the ground for this enormous project.”

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson said the earthworks would lay the foundation for widening 11.3 kilometres of motorway between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge from four to six lanes.

“Works will also include upgrading the Nudgee interchange and widening the Deagon Deviation to two lanes in each direction,” Mr Emerson said.

“Construction of the new lanes is expected to start in the middle of next year and take approximately three years to complete, weather permitting.

“For the 75,000 vehicles on this stretch of motorway each day, this upgrade can't come soon enough.”

An industry briefing session will be held by Queensland Motorways Limited, which has been engaged by the Queensland Government to manage the delivery of the major works package.

Interested parties will be invited to tender on the project following a registration of interest process.

The Gateway Upgrade North is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.