Aug 31, 2011

Gateway and Pacific Motorway merge fix on the way

Safer, faster and less congested driving conditions through Brisbane’s southern suburbs will soon be a reality, with confirmation that an extensive upgrade to the road network around the junction between the Gateway and Pacific Motorways will begin next year.

In town for Community Cabinet, Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese was on-site today to see firsthand the plans to ease congestion along two of Brisbane’s busiest and most important roads.

“Today I can announce that cost savings achieved on upgrades elsewhere along the Pacific Motorway will be used to realign and extend its southbound on-ramp here at Eight Mile Plains so as motorists have more opportunity to merge safely,” said Mr Albanese.

“This $140 million project will also widen the Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road between Broadwater and Gardener roads from four to six lanes – a measure which will greatly improve access to and from the Gateway Motorway for the 35,000 motorists who pass through this intersection every day.

“With the commissioning of work on this project, we are now on track to deliver a more extensive upgrade to the Pacific Motorway than what was initially thought possible and promised.

“Together, the Gillard and Bligh Labor Governments are building the modern, well planned road infrastructure which will prevent South East Queensland – the fastest growing region in the fastest growing state – becoming gridlocked.

“All up, we are investing a record $5.7 billion over seven years. That’s significantly more than what the former Howard Government spent across the entire State of Queensland during a similar period of time.”

The entire project is expected to be completed by mid-2014, weather permitting.

Mr Wallace said the Eight Mile Plains project – along with the more than 203 fulltime jobs it will generate – is just one part of Labor’s broader commitment to properly plan for the region’s future including the expected 25 per cent growth in cross-river trips by 2021.

“This is all about delivering a planned, sustainable and effective solution that looks at all roads in the area, not just the Gateway Motorway,” said Mr Wallace.

“By widening this vital road that feeds the Gateway Motorway, we will deliver smoother, faster driving conditions for those existing users of the Motorway while at the same time lift its carrying capacity by 55,000 vehicles a day.

“It means the nearly four-hour morning peak period at this major intersection will be nearly halved to just over 2 hours- translating into massive time savings.

“State and federal funding has been committed towards the next stage in the Gateway Upgrade South following completion of the latest Gateway Upgrade Project.”

Mr Wallace said the $2.5 billion investment in the Gateway corridor had reached a major milestone with the recent finish of the entire 24 kilometre Gateway Upgrade Project between Nudgee and Eight Mile Plains.

The final stretch – the four kilometre southern extension of the Gateway Upgrade Project from Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road to the Pacific Motorway – was recently finished after starting the work only last year.

The six laning of Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road will generate 113 jobs and the Gateway Pacific Motorways merge will generate a further 90.

Further upgrades for the Gateway Motorway South between Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road and Logan Road will be delivered in stages as funding becomes available.

For more information on the Gateway Upgrade South project and the tendering process please call 1800 268 257 or email [email protected]