Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

$18 million Paradise Road upgrade completed early

Media Release


12 December 2016

Joint release with:

Graham Quirk

Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor

A key southern corridor is now safer and more flood resilient, with a major upgrade of Paradise Road at Larapinta completed ahead of schedule.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project would improve Brisbane's road network and ensure a safer and more efficient journey for motorists.

“The Australian Government provided more than $8 million to this project through our Roads to Recovery Programme. These realignment works will not only benefit the local community, but the thousands of motorists who rely on Paradise Road for their daily travels, particularly the industrial sector,” Mr Chester said.

“Paradise Road connects to the Logan Motorway and is heavily used by neighbouring industrial precincts, with commercial vehicles making up 12 per cent of daily traffic.

“With half of the crashes on this road involving trucks overturning, it was clear the tight bends needed to be addressed—this is the great value of the Roads to Recovery Programme, which allows local governments to identify and fix the issues that affect residents every day.”

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Council had delivered an early Christmas gift to motorists in the form of improved driver safety and reduced congestion.

“Council invested around $10 million into the project which was jointly-funded by the Australian Government, which has widened and realigned the stretch of road between Gardens Drive and Radius Drive to improve safety along the accident-prone stretch,” Cr Quirk said.

“Eighteen crashes occurred along the stretch over a five year period, with one resulting in loss of life and five hospitalisations. Half of these crashes were caused by heavy vehicles overturning.

“Paradise Road previously featured long straights that led into tight curves which contributed to these serious safety issues.

“Now the 2.2km stretch has been realigned and widened in both directions, increasing the width of the sealed road shoulders, and providing a 5.5m clear zone from the edge of the traffic lanes.

“This project will also ensure the road is more resilient to flooding, with a complete replacement of the road pavement with a more durable surface, and upgrades to existing culvert crossings and side drains also completed.”