Infrastructure agreement to bust congestion across Brisbane
A congestion-busting agreement landed today between the Morrison Government and the Brisbane City Council will mean nine Urban Congestion Fund projects will commence construction within 12 to 24 months.
Over the next few years, Brisbane will continue to have a steady pipeline of infrastructure projects going out the door, creating jobs and busting congestion.
The delivery of the nine critical, federal infrastructure projects will help reshape the city by eliminating some of Brisbane’s most notorious traffic hotspots.
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said kicking off construction on the nine Urban Congestion Fund projects was one of his top priorities for Brisbane.
“These projects will bust congestion, they will deliver life-saving road safety improvements and they will bolster commuter and freight connections that underpin the state and national economies,” Mr Tudge said.
“The Morrison Government promised we will get the people of Brisbane home sooner and safer, and we will deliver.”
The projects form part of the Coalition’s more than $25 billion for transport infrastructure in Brisbane between 2013–14 and 2028–29, including $9.8 billion over the next four years alone.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said he looked forward to working with the Morrison Government to deliver the new Better Roads for Brisbane initiative.
“Brisbane is a great place to live, work and relax, and I want to get residents out of traffic and able to spend more time doing what they love,” Cr Schrinner said.
“Great outcomes can be achieved when different levels of government work collaboratively together for the greater good of residents and we are looking forward to working with the Morrison Government to jointly fund and deliver these projects.
“I have a clear vision for the future of our city and we are committed to managing growth, building better transport networks while protecting our fantastic quality of life.
“The LNP is committed to Better Roads for Brisbane that will slash travel times, help save lives and support economic benefits and more jobs.”
The nine projects that constitute this agreement are:
- Barbour Road and Norris Road upgrade, Bracken Ridge
- Norris Road Upgrade, Bracken Ridge
- Beams Road upgrade
- Chelsea Road and Rickertt Road upgrade, Ransome
- Commercial Road and Doggett Street upgrade, Newstead
- Hoyland Street Upgrade, Bracken Ridge
- Indooroopilly Roundabout Upgrade
- Newnham Road and Wecker Road intersection upgrade, Mount Gravatt
- Rochedale Road and Priestdale Road intersection upgrade, Rochedale
The Australian Government and Brisbane City Council will also work with the Queensland Government to remove the Lindum Rail Level Crossing and the Coopers Plains Level Crossing.
Planning for both of these projects is underway.