First section of widened Gateway Motorway opens to traffic
Three new lanes on the newly widened Gateway Motorway between Nudgee and Deagon are now open to traffic.
Part of the $1.1 billion Gateway Upgrade North project, the lanes stretch between Southern Cross Way and Depot Road, Deagon (northbound) and southbound between the Sandgate Road bridges and Nudgee.
Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the new lanes were helping bust congestion for motorists north of Brisbane.
“We want to get Brisbane motorists home sooner and safer and the Gateway Upgrade North is making that a reality,” Mr Tudge said.
The Gateway Motorway is a major freight route supporting south-east Queensland communities, the upgraded section provides a critical transport corridor for more than 83,000 vehicles each day.
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said that motorists would begin to see the benefits of the project as peak hour traffic on the motorway though Nudgee would become less congested.
“The newly opened stretch would be temporarily posted at 80 kilometres an hour, before final works are completed progressively early next year and the speed limit is raised,” Mr Bailey said.
“Remaining works include the final layer of asphalt being placed along the motorway between Deagon and Bracken Ridge, new line marking and signage, and installation of Intelligent Transport Systems.
“We will continue working to open the motorway and remaining local road upgrades in the coming months.”
Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth said the project would also improve road safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
“Works are also progressing to complete the construction of an off-road shared pedestrian and cycle path between Nudgee to Bracken Ridge, which is expected to be opened in stages,” Mr Howarth said.
“Remaining works will continue and are scheduled for completion in early 2019.
“We wish to thank the local community for their patience and support as the works to complete this project continues next year.”
State Member for Sandgate Stirling Hinchliffe said the Gateway Upgrade North project would provide the foundation for better traffic flows north of Brisbane.
“The opening of these lanes will be welcomed by motorists getting ready for the busy holiday season,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“Provision has also been made to widen the motorway to four-lanes in each direction along this stretch of the motorway when needed, so this major investment shows we are delivering relief for motorists now and planning for future growth.”
The $1.1 billion Gateway Upgrade North project is jointly funded by the Coalition Government and Queensland Governments, with the Coalition Government providing 80 per cent of the costs with the remaining costs provided by the Queensland Government.
For further project information visit: www.gatewayupgradenorth.com.au