Queensland-based builder Seymour Whyte Constructions has begun installing an additional northbound lane along the Gateway Motorway, a $96.7 million fully-Federally funded project which will ease congestion for the more than 65,000 motorists and truck drivers which use this road every day.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the project will widen the Motorway heading north from two to three lanes along the 2.5 kilometre section between Sandgate Road and Barrett Street.
“The new lane will reduce travel times and double peak hour speeds along this stretch of the Motorway, just one part the Federal Labor Government’s determined efforts to make it easier to get around Australia’s third largest and fastest growing city,” said Mr Albanese.
“Indeed, over the six year life of our current Nation Building Program we are investing $5.7 billion to renew and expand South East Queensland’s road and rail infrastructure – significantly more than what the former government spent across the entire State of Queensland over a similar period of time.”
Work on the new northbound lane is expected to be completed in 2014.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said to create the room for the extra lane the project will also widen the Depot Road overpass as well as erect new bridges over Cabbage Tree Creek and another over Depot Road so the existing off-ramp can be lengthened.
“In recent weeks the project team has been out talking with local residents and business owners about the scope of the work which will be undertaken over the next two years,” said Mr Emerson.
“Importantly, to minimise disruptions while the upgrade is being delivered two lanes in each direction will remain open to traffic during peak periods.”
For more information on this or other road projects being carried out across the region, as well as general traffic conditions or to report an incident, call 13 19 40 or visit www.131940.qld.gov.au.
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