$1.16 billion Gateway Motorway upgrade works ramping up
28 January 2016
Joint release with:
Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety
Federal Member for Petrie
Member for Sandgate
Works on one of Brisbane's biggest road projects, the $1.16 billion Gateway Motorway upgrade, are ramping up.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said road crews are busy readying the site.
“The Gateway Upgrade North project will upgrade an 11.3 kilometre stretch of the motorway between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge, which will benefit more than 80,000 motorists a day,” Mr Truss said.
“Along with improving safety and reducing congestion, this upgrade will support vital employment opportunities for more than 1,000 people over the three-year construction period.”
Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said a visitor information centre about the project will open to the public on Monday, 1 February 2016.
“The new centre will offer an informative look at the project's benefits including increased capacity and safer merging and exiting opportunities for motorists,” Mr Bailey said.
“The centre will continually evolve as works progress and will operate right up to the project's completion, expected in late 2018.”
Mr Bailey said in addition to widening a section of the motorway from four to six lanes, the Nudgee Road interchange will also be upgraded.
“Upgrading the interchange will provide safer conditions for Queensland drivers and works to widen the Deagon Deviation to two lanes in both directions will allow for improved travel times,” he said.
Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth said works to prepare the site for the upgrade of the existing southbound bridge over Sandgate Road and the Shorncliffe rail line are starting soon.
“Important bridge widening works on the southbound bridge will take place at night time from mid-February prior to the start of major construction,” Mr Howarth said.
“Every effort will be made to minimise impacts to the community and notifications will be provided to directly affected stakeholders before works start.”
Member for Sandgate Stirling Hinchliffe said the infrastructure upgrade will benefit the thousands of motorists who commute on this road every day.
“Local motorists are one step closer to enjoying the benefits of these upgrades, such as reduced bottlenecks during peak times and an improved local road network,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
The Australian Government has committed $929.6 million to the project, with the Queensland Government committed to contributing $232.4 million.
For further project information visit www.gatewayupgradenorth.com.au