Community supportive of Linkfield Road Overpass upgrade

Planning for an improved Linkfield Road overpass is continuing after community consultation showed strong support for an upgrade.

The Australian and Queensland governments have jointly committed $125 million on an 80:20 basis to deliver the Linkfield Road overpass upgrade.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the upgrade would improve safety and address a range of issues at the Gympie Arterial Road and Linkfield Road interchange.

“The community are extremely supportive of the upgrade with key themes around improving the interchange and widening or duplicating the Linkfield Road overpass,” Mr Joyce said.

“Detailed planning for the overpass upgrade is almost complete, with the preferred design option expected to be confirmed soon.”

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the project team had listened to the community to ensure its views and local knowledge would be reflected in the detailed planning stage.

“In total, the project team received more than 150 feedback submissions via online survey, email, phone and face-to-face information sessions, and 86 per cent were supportive of an upgrade,” Mr Bailey said.

Mr Bailey said community feedback also suggested active transport solutions, improving ramp connections from Linkfield Road to Gympie Arterial, and traffic lights to replace a ‘give way’ sign when turning right onto Linkfield Road from Gympie Arterial Road.

“I would like to thank the community for their feedback,” he said.

Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth MP said the announcement would be welcome news for the local community.

“The potential duplication and upgrade of the Linkfield Road Overpass is a priority for locals in terms of improving safety and capacity at the Linkfield Road and Gympie Arterial interchange,” Mr Howarth said.

“My conversations out in the community are all about road upgrades. I am urging the State Government to bring this infrastructure forward to 2022. A multi-vehicle accident at the intersection on ramp in September, that sadly resulted in a fatality, shows how vital this upgrade is.”

Transport and Main Roads will keep the community updated as the project progresses. For more information, visit the project webpage at www.tmr.qld.gov.au and search for 'Linkfield Road', email metropolitanregion@tmr.qld.gov.au or phone 3066 4338.

Media contact:

Deputy Prime Minister – Antony Perry | 0477 971 654 | Antony.Perry@infrastructure.gov.au

Minister Bailey – Courtney Thompson | 0433 585 570 | courtney.thompson@ministerial.qld.gov.au