Community consultation is underway for future upgrades to the Gateway Motorway and Bruce Highway.
The upgrades encompass the Gateway Motorway between Bracken Ridge and Pine River, and the Bruce Highway just north of Dohles Rocks Road, including the Dohles Rocks Road north-facing ramps.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said planning for these major upgrades includes delivering the north-facing ramps at the Dohles Rocks Road interchange at Murrumba Downs.
“These major upgrades – including the north-facing ramps onto the Bruce Highway – will ensure the road network copes with significant population growth in Brisbane and the Moreton Bay Region, which is increasing travel demand on the Gateway Motorway, the Bruce Highway and Gympie Arterial Road.
“This is fantastic news for the drivers of around 155,000 vehicles travelling along this corridor between Moreton Bay and Brisbane daily.
“We are continuing to roll out these major projects nationwide under our $100 billion infrastructure investment pipeline, which is supporting jobs and communities at a time when it’s needed most.”
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the upgrades were critical for future demand in the area.
“This is one of Queensland busiest road corridors and it’s expected that demand will double in the next 20 years,” Mr Tudge said.
“Community consultation will guide how we can deliver the best outcome for the region which includes the continued economic development of the Australia Trade Coast region.”
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said an integrated approach to planning was underway for the upgrades to ensure a whole-of-network solution is achieved.
“The planning will also encompass building a new arterial road between Dohles Rocks Road and Anzac Avenue,” Mr Bailey said.
“This corridor, which we’ve dubbed the ‘Moreton Connector’, will provide an alternative route for local traffic and take traffic off the Bruce Highway, preserving it for inter-regional trips and as a nationally significant freight corridor.
“Due to the significant size and complexity of the project area where the upgrades were proposed, substantial planning must be undertaken.
“We’re committed to keeping Queensland moving and investing in the community during this difficult period. It is important we engage with key stakeholders and the community in these early stages to provide input into the planning process with consultation underway through an online survey.”
These upgrades will support approximately 1,200 direct jobs over the life of the projects, at a time when they’re most needed. Initial planning investigations are underway with all business cases expected to be completed by 2024.
The community is encouraged to write or call the project team to provide their feedback.
Consultation will be ongoing through to completion of project construction. Design and construction timeframes will be confirmed as planning progresses.
The $2.1 billion project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on 80:20 basis. This comprises $1 billion for the Gateway Motorway and $1.1 billion for the Bruce Highway.