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

Pacific Motorway Upgrade on Track for Early Finish

Media Release

WT015/2013

31 October 2013

Joint release with:

Karen Andrews

Federal Member for McPherson

Ros Bates

Queensland Member for Mudgeeraba

Motorists will be able to enjoy the upgraded section of the Pacific Motorway between Worongary and Mudgeeraba six months earlier than expected, thanks to the completion date being brought forward to mid-2014.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, said this section of the motorway was being widened as part of the Australian and Queensland governments' $420 million joint funding commitment to upgrade the motorway between Nerang and Tugun.

“The Australian Government has invested significantly in widening the motorway and upgrading key interchanges to deliver a safer, more efficient highway for Queensland,” Mr Truss said.

“While it was originally expected the works would not be ready until the end of 2014, they're now due for completion by the middle of the year, weather permitting.

“This will mean the upgraded section of motorway will be open to traffic well in advance of the busy summer school holiday period.”

Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, said a combination of factors had allowed the upgrade to progress faster than previously anticipated.

“As well as an excellent team working on this project, favourable weather conditions have meant everyone could get on with the job,” Mrs Andrews said.

Member for Mudgeeraba, Ros Bates, said there was still a lot of work to be done between now and completion.

“While I thank motorists and residents for their patience, I urge everyone to continue to be aware of changed traffic conditions as work progresses,” Ms Bates said.

Up-to-date traffic information is available by calling 131940 or visiting www.131940.qld.gov.au.