Work on designing the $1.162 billion Gateway Upgrade North project between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge has progressed to its final stage.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said since the release of the preferred plan in 2013, an interactive tender process had produced innovative solutions to reduce
congestion and improve safety on one of the state’s busiest motorways.
“The project will support more than 1,000 direct jobs during its lifespan, continuing the Coalition Government’s commitment to deliver national prosperity and a stronger national transport network,” Mr Truss said.
Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey, said motorists and the wider community would benefit from the increased capacity and safety upgrade for the thousands of motorists who used the highway every day.
“Major construction is expected to start early next year, and will involve widening an 11.3-kilometre section from four to six lanes between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge, upgrading the Nudgee Road interchange and widening the
Deagon Deviation to two lanes in both directions,” Mr Bailey said.
“The Nudgee interchange upgrade will involve lengthening the on and off-ramps significantly to provide safer merging and exiting opportunities for motorists.
Member for Sandgate Stirling Hinchliffe said the upgrade was a vital piece of infrastructure for the tens of thousands of motorists who commuted on the road every day.
“This expansion will reduce the bottlenecks that happen during peak times and improve the local road network. I know motorists will enjoy the benefits of these upgrades,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“The Palaszczuk Government is getting on with the job of building important infrastructure to handle our increasing demands.”
Member for Nudgee Leanne Linard said the project was a milestone event that would have many positive outcomes for South East Queensland.
“Drivers will enjoy quicker journeys to and from their destination, pedestrians and cyclists will also benefit from a new shared path along the upgrade,” Mrs Linard said.
The Australian Government has committed up to $929.6 million and the Queensland Government $232.4 million to the Gateway Upgrade North project.
The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and Transurban Queensland will jointly manage the delivery of the project. Lend Lease Engineering will design and construct the project.
To view the features of the design online, visit the project webpage at www.gatewayupgradenorth.com.au (external site) and click on the September 2015 newsletter.
Source: News Release, Queensland Government, 18 September, 2015