Mar 4, 2010

Planning for the future – builder appointed for Pacific Motorway widening

Planning for the future – builder appointed for Pacific Motorway widening

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

March 4 2010

The construction company that will widen the Pacific Motorway (M1) from four to six lanes between Nerang and Worongary has been selected, clearing the way for work to begin next month.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Queensland Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace today announced the selection of Fulton Hogan Pty Ltd, a company with extensive expertise in delivering large scale road projects.

“This $158 million project is exactly what our Nation Building Program is all about. It will put Queenslanders to work fixing an increasingly congested section of the national road network,” said Mr Albanese.

“All up, the widening of the Motorway will create up to 740 direct and indirect jobs.”

Minister Wallace said the project, expected to be completed in the first half of 2012, would go a long way towards easing congestion in south east Queensland.

“Today’s announcement couldn’t have come at a better time, in the lead up to the Bligh Government’s Growth Summit.

“Good governments plan for the future and this project is all about managing growth and generating jobs. It doesn’t get much better than that,” Mr Wallace said.

“With 2,000 people moving to Queensland each week, it’s important to plan for the future, to build better infrastructure and to come up with sensible, workable solutions so that Queensland can continue to thrive.

“That’s what this project is all about. It’s also about improving road safety for motorists,” he said.

Concrete barriers will be erected to separate oncoming traffic and motorists will travel on a new, stronger road surface.

“We will also lengthen the on and off-ramps at the Worongary interchange and install better lighting and improved drainage,” said Mr Wallace.

“It’s the latest stage in the $420 million commitment from both the Rudd and Bligh Labor government to upgrade a key section of the Motorway between Coomera and Varsity Lakes.”

The upgrade of the Nerang South Interchange was completed in August 2009, with the Mudgeeraba Interchange upgrade expected to be completed by the middle of the year and the Varsity Lakes Interchange upgrade by late 2010.

For more information about the widening of the Motorway please contact 5596 9500 or go to www.tmr.qld.gov.au and click on ‘contact us’.