Last week Brisbane Lord Mayer Graham Quirk unveiled the Brisbane City Council's $3b Budget for 2016-17 and a large chunk of funding, $781.7m to be exact, is going towards tackling conjestion.
Projects Attacking Congestion
The Budget provides for $316m funding towards the $650m Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade, which will see 3,000 workers employed during the construction phase. Lendlease was awarded the tender and early works commenced in at the beginning of 2016.
Artist impression of the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade. Source: KSD Upgrade
The Brisbane Metro is a $1.54b subway system with tracks installed mostly inside the current busway network running from Woolloongabba to Herston. Council is currently working on the Business Case for the Metro, with plans to have this finalised by May 2017. The Budget allocates $16m towards progressing the Business Case.
Following the Business Case, design will be undertaken from 2017 to 2018. In line with funding, construction of the project is expected to start in early 2019 and take approximately four years to complete.
Artist impression of planned Brisbane Metro. Source: Brisbane Times
Other key projects that benefit from funding are the Inner City Bypass upgrade, allocated $30m, and Stage 1 of the Wynnum Road Corridor, allocated $44m.
Additional project funding includes:
- $10m for Stage 2 of Telegraph Road;
- $3m for Creek Road at Tick Street;
- $1.7m for Raymont and Grange Roads;
- $1.5m for Beckett and Hamilton Roads;
- $1.2m for Murphy and Ellison Road roundabout; and
- A new allocation of funds for works required in association with the State Govt led Queens Wharf development
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