Roads to Recovery delivers for Brisbane

Media Release

WT158/2015

28 May 2015

Works are set to commence on the Seventeen Mile Rocks Road project and Stapylton Road upgrade in coming weeks, with the $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery programme delivering major improvements to Brisbane's congested traffic network.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the two projects are an important investment in Queensland's road network.

“Investing in these two projects makes good economic sense, with Seventeen Mile Rocks Road and Stapylton Road handling 23,000 and 16,500 vehicles each day respectively,” Mr Truss said.

“With strong traffic growth expected on these two roads in coming years, the ability to move passengers and goods across the city in a safe and efficient manner will be essential for Brisbane's continued economic success.”

Lord Mayor of Brisbane City Council Graham Quirk said the extensive upgrades would benefit residents, with both projects set to improve productivity and road safety.

“The intersection of Seventeen Mile Rocks Road and Duporth Road will be widened and have improved road signals installed in a $12.4 million upgrade, removing the dangerous right turn that is currently there,” Cr Quirk said.

“This will also help reduce delays, with local motorists waiting at the intersection for up to four minutes during peak hour.

“The Stapylton Road project will upgrade a 920 metre length of the corridor to four lanes, ensuring motorists heading for the Logan Motorway have a clear and efficient run.

“At present Stapylton Road is only two lanes and unable to handle current capacity, let alone any substantial growth in traffic in coming years. This upgrade, along with the new pedestrian footpaths and on-road cycling lanes, will mean commuters can spend more time at home and less time in traffic.”

The $16.6 million Stapylton Road project is jointly funded by the Australian Government and Brisbane City Council, with $7.5 million and $9 million committed respectively.

The Australian Government committed $5.6 million to the Seventeen Mile Rocks Road upgrade, with the Brisbane City Council committing $6.8 million.