Newman announces new road projects under re-elected LNP government


Queensland premier commits to two major road projects if his government wins the election.

Newman announces new road projects under re-elected LNP government
Queensland premier Campbell Newman

 

A re-elected Liberal National Party (LNP) government has pledged to begin work on two key road projects if it wins another term of government.

During campaigning today ahead of the election on January 31, premier Campbell Newman announced work will begin this year on an overpass on the Bruce Highway north of Brisbane and a major interchange south-west of Queensland’s capital.

Newman says both projects, which are the first to be announced as part of a $360 million roads package, will alleviate traffic congestion and improve safety.

He says $105 million will be spent on fixing the Boundary Road overpass on the Bruce Highway at North Lakes, with $80 million going toward the Sumners Road interchange at Mount Ommaney.

The Federal Government will fund most of the overpass upgrade ($84 million), while Newman says Queensland will foot the bill for the second project.

"We are delivering projects in a responsible way, targeting congestion hot spots on state roads and working with the Federal Government to deliver great outcomes on the national network," Newman says.

Federal infrastructure minister Warren Truss says the Bruce Highway project will address congestion near North Lakes’ main retail precinct.

"Fixing this bottleneck will be an important boost for traffic flows and is part of the Federal Government’s $6.7 billion commitment to fixing the Bruce Highway," Truss says.

Newman has not detailed when the road projects will begin, but has committed to delivering them in the next term of his government if it wins the election.

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