New Legacy Way tunnel opens to traffic today

Media Release


25 June 2015

Joint release with:

Teresa Gambaro

Federal Member for Brisbane

Jane Prentice

Member for Ryan

Graham Quirk

Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor

Brisbane's landmark $1.5 billion Legacy Way tunnel will open to traffic at 9pm tonight.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the new 4.6 kilometre twin tunnels will reduce travel time and improve safety for motorists travelling from Brisbane's western suburbs.

“The Legacy Way project is a major investment in the Brisbane road network and an iconic piece of infrastructure for the River City,” Mr Truss said.

“The project has employed thousands of people, involved international companies and created a world-class piece of infrastructure which will serve the people of Brisbane for many decades to come.

“It is a great example of the Australian Government working with Brisbane City Council to improve transport infrastructure in the city.”

Federal Member for Brisbane Teresa Gambaro said the twin tunnels will increase Queensland's productivity, with commuters saving significant travel time.

“Road users will save up to 14 minutes in travel time, with Legacy Way bypassing seven sets of traffic lights. It features modern traffic signs as well as a state-of-the-art traffic control centre which will give motorists updates on traffic conditions,” Ms Gambaro said.

Federal Member for Ryan, Jane Prentice said: “Residents of suburbs such as Kenmore, Chapel Hill and Indooroopilly will now be able to avoid peak hour congestion and substantially reduce their commute times. At the same time, thousands of cars will be removed from arterial roads such as Milton Road and Coronation Drive.”

Lord Mayor of Brisbane City Council, Cr Graham Quirk said he was pleased to see the completion of The Legacy Way tunnel, named in honour of those who served and those who passed away serving in the Australian Defence Force.

“Families of fallen soldiers will benefit from every vehicle that travels the Legacy Way tunnel, through a partnership with the charity Legacy. The tunnel logo and the Legacy torch will raise awareness of the Legacy organisation and be a lasting tribute to those who serve our country,” Cr Quirk said.

“More than 7.3 million work hours by 9,000 people went into constructing Legacy Way, with some 80,000 switches tested during the final commissioning phase.

“Legacy Way is an important new capacity-building addition to Brisbane's road network, which will relieve pressure on other surface roads such as Milton Road and Coronation Drive.”

The Legacy Way project was jointly funded with the Australian Government contributing $500 million and Brisbane City Council providing more than $1 billion.