Gateway upgrade slated for late 2014

Work on Queensland's Gateway North project is tipped to begin in late 2014, following today’s release of the preferred plan

October 1, 2013

Work on Queensland’s Gateway North project is tipped to begin in 2014, following today’s release of the preferred plan.

The upgrade will include widening 11.3km of the Gateway Motorway from four to six lanes between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge, upgrading the Nudgee interchange and increasing the Deagon deviation to two lanes in each direction.

Federal Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss says he expects to call for tenders for early works in mid-2014, leading the Queensland Government to expect works later that year.

"This was a key election promise for an Abbott government to ease congestion and improve safety on one of Queensland’s most congested motorways," Truss says.

The Queensland Government says the upgrade and extra lanes will reduce congestion and improve access, traffic flow and driver safety on and off the motorway in each direction.

The upgrade will also include the installation of variable speed limit and variable messaging signs, traffic monitoring cameras and ramp metering.

Queensland Transport Minister Scott Emerson says site investigations, including surveys and geotechnical work, are already underway for use in the detailed design.

"The upgrade is long overdue and will provide substantial relief for motorists who experience daily congestion on the motorway," he says.

"This project is also of great strategic importance in supporting the Port of Brisbane and the Australian Trade Coast precinct, an economic growth zone of national significance with predicted employment creation of over 110,000 jobs by the year 2026."

The release of the preferred plan is the final part of a three-stage process that included information gathering as the first stage and a project draft plan as the second part.

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