Queensland addresses Centenary bottleneck


State government announces a $65 million upgrade for one of the busiest roads in south-east Queensland

Queensland addresses Centenary bottleneck
State Government addresses congestion problem on Centenary.

 

Quensland's government will upgrade the Sumners Road interchange at Darra and aims to remove what has long been a congestion bottleneck for the region.

The aim os to improve safety as well as reduce travel times for drivers.

"Every day, 85,000 vehicles use the Centenary Motorway, and 35,000 use Sumners and Monier Roads," premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.

"This intersection has been a headache for commuters for a long time – now my government is committed to fixing it.

"This upgrade, which will also create 50 jobs, will reduce congestion on the daily commute, and cut travel times for 5,500 heavy trucks that use this interchange daily, improving freight connections and supporting local businesses."

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner says these upgrades have come after almost a decade of requests.

"It’s been a case of always the bridesmaid and never the bride for the Centenary and it’s great to finally see some serious investment," Turner said.

"It can’t come soon enough – our most recent RACQ travel times survey shows during the August morning peak, motorists slowed to just 30km/h from Sumners Road to Dandenong Road.

"This intersection upgrade will help to ease congestion, but it’s not the only solution required." 

Works for the project are expected to commence within 12 months, following the completion of design and tenders for construction.

Construction of the upgraded interchange is then expected to take two years to complete depending on conditions. 

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