Apr 15, 2009

$22.5 million to complete the Nerang South Interchange

$22.5 million to complete the Nerang South Interchange

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 15 2009

The Rudd Labor Government has fast-tracked funding of $22.5 million for the Nerang South Interchange, a move that will make sure this vital project is completed by the middle of this year.

The current global economic recession will not stop us investing in the infrastructure vital to Australia’s long term economic prosperity. In fact by investing this money now we are supporting local jobs at a time when that support is needed most.

Work on this $45 million project started in February 2008, and provided jobs for up to 75 workers on-site. The project is being delivered in partnership with the Queensland Government.

Once open to traffic, this new interchange will improve driving conditions and reduce congestion for the 75,000 motorists that use this section of the Pacific Motorway every day.

The project involves:

  • Widening and duplicating the overpass bridge to accommodate eight lanes of traffic across the motorway;
  • Construction of a new combined off-ramp connection from the M1 providing direct access to Spencer Road and Nielsens Road;
  • Converting both roundabouts on each side of the motorway to synchronised signalised intersections;
  • New on-and-off ramps to the motorway to accommodate the long term plan to widen the motorway.

The Nerang South Interchange project is being funded out the $6.8 billion being invested by the Rudd Labor Government over the next five years to further improve Queensland’s road and rail networks.