A new link road through Everton Park’s retail hub has opened to traffic as the Palaszczuk Government continues to roll out new projects on Brisbane’s northside.
Opened six months ahead of schedule, the Everton Park Link Road provides a direct route between Stafford Road and South Pine Road.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said new link road would improve congestion and safety around the busy shopping strip.
“This project was first talked about more than a decade ago but then shelved by the Newman Government when it was in power,” Mr Bailey said.
“The Palaszczuk Government put it back on the agenda, so we’re pleased to provide a new link that should take some pressure off the busy South Pine Road and Stafford Road intersection just north of there.”
Mr Bailey said the project was one of several road upgrades supporting jobs now and busting congestion on some of the northside’s busiest roads into the future.
“The works in Everton Park Link Road supported about 60 jobs last year, at a time when they were needed most,” Mr Bailey said.
“North of there, we’ve started works on the $30 million Petrie Roundabout upgrade, as well building the new $30 million diverting diamond interchange at Strathpine.
“There’s another 125 jobs being supported on those projects and just as they start to take shape, we’ll be close to starting on building new bridges for the much larger Linkfield Overpass upgrade.”
“The Palaszczuk Government is delivering a $26.9 billion transport and roads investment program across Queensland in the next four years that will support more than 23,500 jobs, and these northside projects are an important part of that congestion busting program.”
The new Everton Link Park Road will redistribute traffic turning left from Stafford Road into South Pine Road, and right-turning traffic from South Pine Road into Stafford Road.
It will provide more traffic light green time for northbound traffic on South Pine Road during the peak period too.
Accessibility for pedestrians around the shopping precincts has been improved with wider footpaths and an additional crossing at the Everton Park Link Road intersection.
Bike riders will also benefit from dedicated facilities including a direct link to the Kedron Brook Bikeway.
Construction of the Everton Park Link Road began in May 2020, supporting an average of 60 direct jobs over the life of the project.