“There will be economic benefits of around $1 billion over 30 years which will flow through to the wider south east Queensland community from this project.
“Construction of the project is being financed by Transurban Queensland, and will be predominantly funded from increased tolls for heavy commercial vehicles on the network,” Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt said.
According to Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey, this project will be delivering major upgrades to the Logan and Gateway Extension motorways which will improve travel times and safety.
“I’m pleased to see Queensland’s first Market-Led Proposal one step closer to construction.
“When complete, motorists will benefit from a more reliable road network with fewer stop-start traffic conditions, resulting in quicker journey times and lower fuel consumption,” Mr Bailey said.
Together with the sod turning, a number of minor changes to the project design were also released, including:
- Providing a new free left hand turn from Macquarie Way, Drewvale onto Wembley Road
- Retaining the existing cul-de-sac at Prospect Place, Berrinba
- Providing a new four-way intersection at Pagewood Street, Berrinba
- Wrapping the westbound service road over the Logan Motorway westbound
- Providing an alternative design for the fauna crossing at Illaweena Street, Drewvale known as a BEBO arch
Member for Stretton Duncan Pegg said that the project will help increase active lifestyle opportunities in the region thanks to shared pedestrian and cycle paths as well as bicycle lanes.
“An on-road cycle lane and an off-road footpath will be constructed on each side of Compton Road, there will be dedicated bicycle lanes through the intersections with traffic signals that will be upgraded and a distinctive bridge allowing pedestrians and cyclists to travel over the new eastbound service road linking to the Gateway Extension Motorway,” Mr Pegg said.
According to Transurban Queensland Group General Manager Wesley Ballantine, early works on the project included cultural heritage as well as geotechnical investigations and pre-construction property inspections.
“Minimising the impacts of construction on our neighbours and road users is a top priority for Transurban Queensland.
“Where possible works will be limited to daytime hours off the motorway, but for the safety of road users, some works will need to be undertaken at night with single lane closures throughout various parts of the project area,” Mr Ballantine said.
The project will support approximately 1,300 jobs during construction - with CPB Contractors as the managing contractor - and will take up to two years to complete.
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