Floods, cyclones won't stop road projects

It takes more than a cyclone or a flood to keep Queensland from completing its big road projects, outlined in state parliament today

February 17, 2011

Despite Queensland’s spate of recent natural disasters, the majority of the state’s ‘big’ road projects are on time and on track for completion, including a four-lane Brisbane Port motorway expansion.

Queensland’s Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace says the ‘Port Connect’ motorway expansion will cost $385 million, cheaper than originally estimated.

"It was always our hope to deliver a full four-lane upgrade and we were able to do it for significantly less money than was first thought," he says.

Wallace gave Queensland Parliament an overview of the state’s big ticket road building projects which would proceed despite January’s flood which had cut 70 percent of state-controlled roads.

"It was a mighty effort by Main Roads crews to get Queensland moving again – to reopen our highways and rebuild and repair the state's road network," Wallace says.

"Main Roads has embarked on the biggest reconstruction job in its history and while road crews are busy repairing and rebuilding roads, our sights are firmly fixed on the road ahead," Wallace says.

Queensland’s road infrastructure projects scheduled for completion include:

·The Pacific Motorway upgrade between the Gateway and Logan Motorways, due in August

·The Bruce Highway upgrade between Sankeys Road and Traveston Road, due by June 2012

·The Townsville Port Access Road, also due by the end of 2012

·The Douglas Arterial duplication

·Griffith Arterial Road, the intersection upgrade of Mains and Kessels Roads on Brisbane’s south, due by June 2014

·The Mount Lindesay Highway between Rosia Road and Chambers Flat – also on time and ready at the end of 2011.

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