A new road will be built in the heart of Brisbane in just two weeks, the first in a series of projects that will create more than 200 jobs and increase traffic on Brisbane’s busy Brisbane Freeway.
The $2 billion “lane” will connect the Gold Coast with the CBD, but will also include a new interchange and a major interchange at Glenelg, the city’s busiest intersection.
Key points:The $1.9 billion road project will see the completion of a major section of the Gold Coaster corridor from Bowen to South BrisbaneThis project will create nearly 200 jobs including construction workers and truck driversConstruction of the “lane”, which will connect to the Gold Freeway, is expected to begin in two-and-a-half weeksThe Brisbane City Council will spend the next two weeks finalising the project, which is expected the start of construction in two to three weeks.
The project has the support of the Federal Government, which will provide $400 million in funding over 10 years.
The council’s regional development manager Mark Williams said it was the first time in Australia that a major road project would be built by private sector partners, but that there were other projects such as the WestLink rail project in New South Wales that had already seen some of their initial cost estimates increased.
“The first time the Government has done it, it was to put in a rail project, so we’ll be able to see the impact on road and rail,” he said.
“We’re also hoping that by putting the investment into this, it will be a great opportunity to get other infrastructure to work better.”
It’s the first major infrastructure project in Australia and we’re really looking forward to working with Queensland Government to ensure that it is the best possible way forward for Brisbane.
“Construction of Brisbane’s first major road tunnel has startedThe project is expected that construction of the $1,971 million “lane”.
The road will link to the Queensland Government’s rail network.
It will also create a major new interchange on the Gold and Gold Coast Freeways.
It is estimated the total cost will be $1 billion.
It also includes the construction of a new, four-lane road through the Gold, Gold and Bowen Freeways, which was built in 2014 to improve access to Brisbane.
This section of road will also carry traffic on the Brisbane Freeways for at least three years.
Construction of a large interchange will commence in two monthsThe road section is expected at Glenelsedge, with a new road linking the Brisbane City Airport to the WestConnex and the Brisbane Convention Centre.
The city’s Regional Development Manager Mark Williams has previously described the project as a “huge infrastructure project”.”
It will be the largest single project of its kind in the state of Queensland,” he told ABC Brisbane.”
And we’re excited that this project will be so much more than a simple tunnel, because it will create a whole lot of jobs.””
The Gold Coast has been in a period of boom and bust, with high unemployment rates, and this project is going to bring a whole new level of investment to the region.
“Construction is expected take four to five yearsConstruction of both the new road and interchange will take at least two years.
Mr Williams said there were plans for the project to be completed by the end of 2019, with the Goldcoaster tunnel expected to be finished in 2021.”
There are a lot of people looking at this and we’ll have a really strong message of economic recovery,” he added.
Mr Andrews, who is in the final stages of his term as Queensland Premier, has been working with the State Government to complete the road project.
He has previously been criticised by the Queensland Opposition for not completing the GoldCoaster Tunnel.
Mr Bowen has also said the Queensland government should not be spending money on infrastructure projects that do not create jobs.”
They’re spending money that’s not going to create jobs and that’s costing jobs,” he argued.”
I’m very happy that I’ve got this road project going, but I’m not going into a discussion about the Gold-Coaster tunnel because it’s not worth the time and effort.
“That’s the sort of money that should be spent on building roads, building bridges and upgrading infrastructure in our state and region.”