The Brisbane City Council is calling for expressions of interest to design and construct the upgrade of the Inner City Bypass, with the successful tenderer to be announced later this year.
The project was announced in last year's council budget and should be completed in 2018.
With construction due to start later this year, expect to see road plant, like loaders, dozers, graders, scrapers, truck/hiab cranes, hire, articulated dump trucks, tipper trucks,excavators, rollers, bobcats, site amenities, traffic equipment and more.
The ICB is currently operating at up to 90% capacity, carrying over 100,000 vehicles per day. Brisbane Lord Mayer Graham Quirk says the Council are "delivering real action on traffic congestion now" before the ICB begins to operate over capacity. Without the upgrades, severe overcapacity on the ICB is expected by 2021.
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The upgrade involves adding four lanes in each direction between Legacy Way and the RNA tunnel. This week, Cr Quirk announced that bus priority lanes will be included in the upgrade in a bid to further reduce congestion.
Cr Quirk said that "the construction of a westbound ramp will enable bus services to use the Legacy Way tunnel in both directions." It is hoped that after the upgrade, outbide services will experience similar time saving and patronage increases that inbound bus services using the Legacy Way tunnel have experienced.
A dedicated bus priority lane will be added to the ICB's Herston Road exit to target the morning peak congestion and queing occuring at the exit.
Cr Quirk has said that "new and improved services will allow buses travelling to and from the western suburbs to interchange with the planned Brisbane Metro System at Herston" which will benenfit the entire Brisbane bus network.
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Source: Brisbane Times