Congestion eases for northbound Gateway Motorway traffic
25 September 2014
Acting Prime Minister
Motorists are enjoying a safer and faster trip along the Gateway Motorway as the new northbound lane between Sandgate Road and the Deagon Deviation opens to traffic almost one month ahead of schedule.
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Gateway Additional Lane project will reduce traffic congestion and improve driver safety for the more than 70,000 motorists who use the motorway on a daily basis.
“The Australian Government has committed $95 million towards this $99.5 million project,” Mr Truss said.
“As well as adding a third 2.5km long northbound lane, it has widened two bridges over Cabbage Tree Creek.
“It has also upgraded the overpass and off-ramp at Depot Road, making it safer for motorists.
“This is Stage 1 of the upgrade and widening of the northern section of the Gateway Motorway, with earthworks recently starting on the next stages for which the Australian Government has committed $930 million.”
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson said the bridges were built with future works on the Gateway Motorway in mind.
“The southbound bridge at Cabbage Tree Creek has been widened in readiness for a future third lane to be built as part of the Gateway Upgrade North project which is all part of our strong plan for a brighter future,” Mr Emerson said.
“The project increases capacity and eases congestion on this heavily used section of the Gateway Motorway.
“This project is part of our infrastructure plan that will see improved driving conditions and travel times for motorists who use this busy stretch every day.”
The Gateway Additional Lane project was jointly funded with the Queensland Government which contributed $4.5 million towards the construction.