Coalition team working to bust Boundary Road congestion

Media Release

WT004/2015

12 January 2015

Joint release with:

Wyatt Roy

Federal Member for Longman

Luke Howarth

Federal Member for Petrie

The Federal Coalition and a re-elected Newman LNP Government will work together to bust one of north Brisbane's major congestion hot spots.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the governments will deliver a $105 million upgrade to the notorious Boundary Road interchange and overpass at Narangba and North Lakes.

“This project is part of the Federal and Queensland governments' record $8.5 billion commitment to fixing the Bruce Highway,” Mr Truss said.

“The Federal Coalition Government will contribute up to $84 million to this project, with a re-elected LNP Government contributing the remainder.

“Stage 1 of this upgrade project to extend the access ramps was recently funded under the historic Bruce Highway Action Plan and interim safety works at the interchange were completed in early November.

“This new commitment from the Commonwealth and LNP Governments will build on those works by constructing a six-lane overpass and related road works.

“Congestion on Boundary Road around Costco causes motorists great frustration and local State and Federal Members have ensured the government has listened to local needs, and delivered.”

Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth commended today's announcement.

“I have been campaigning for an upgrade to Boundary Road since my election, so it's great to see it happening through strong teamwork between all levels of government. I particularly acknowledge my State colleagues Member for Murrumba Reg Gulley and Member for Kallangur Trevor Ruthenberg,” Mr Howarth said.

“This is about efficiency and productivity—allowing locals to get to work faster and home sooner, and making sure freight traffic delivering goods to and from our local businesses can travel smoothly.”

Federal Member for Longman Wyatt Roy said the Boundary Road upgrade will significantly improve the major freight and traffic artery.

“Finally, after years of inaction and working with my state colleagues, we've been able to deliver the upgrade to Boundary Road that is so desperately needed,” Mr Roy said.

“Rather than a band-aid solution, this duplicate overpass is a project that I personally raised with the Deputy Prime Minister on several occasions.”

“This work is a safety and productivity-raising initiative because reducing congestion lowers costs for the transport industry and means commuters spend less time on our roads. Major road rehabilitation that improves access and connectivity also helps boost the local economy of the surrounding region.”

Work will begin on Boundary Road this year with the project to be delivered in the next term of a re-elected Newman LNP Government.