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    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    $110 million Port Drive upgrade

    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    Thursday, June 09, 2016

    $110 million Port Drive upgrade

    A $110 million upgrade of Port of Brisbane’s Port Drive and local roads will start next month.

    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey and Member for Lytton Joan Pease today joined Port of Brisbane CEO Roy Cummins to announce the $110 million upgrades which will duplicate Port Drive, delivering a more efficient, safer access to the port.

    “The Port of Brisbane handles more than $50 billion in trade annually and these road upgrades are vital to meeting the Port of Brisbane’s future growth, providing income and jobs for many Queenslanders” Mr Bailey said

    “Each year, more than 3.1 million vehicles access the port and this project will improve safety especially for the large number of workers travelling here every day.

    “The project will also support almost 390 jobs during its two-year construction and is essential to maintaining the Port’s competitiveness and productivity.”   

    Mr Cummins said the $110 million Port Drive upgrade project was essential to ensuring the Port of Brisbane remains a world-class facility well into the future.

    “Port of Brisbane takes a long-term view to infrastructure planning and safety, which is why we are bringing forward this significant investment ahead of capacity demand. This will deliver safer port roads for all users” said Mr Cummins.

    “The Port Drive Upgrade is a necessary and early step in ensuring the Port continues to play its role in supporting Queensland’s trade growth and delivering supply chain efficiencies for decades to come.

    “Port of Brisbane is pleased to announce Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd as the successful Design Development and Construct Contractor for the Port Drive Upgrade Project and looks forward to working with them to deliver this vital road infrastructure.”

    Member for Lytton Joan Pease said the design would incorporate a segregated cycle path from Pritchard Street to Port Gate.

    “A new segregated cycle path will provide a safer outcome for cyclists and increase the cycle network across South East Queensland,” Ms Pease said. 

    “This upgrade is great news for the local community – it will provide a safer road, better active infrastructure and support jobs.”

    The Port Drive Upgrade project involves:

    • Duplicating Port Drive, including the concrete separation barrier for the full length of the road for additional safety
    • Constructing a four-lane overpass over the Port Drive/Kite Street intersection
    • Improvements to the Tanker Street/Osprey Drive road networks
    • Duplicating the Lucinda Drive Bridge on Fisherman Islands.

    The Port of Brisbane has worked closely with the Department of Transport and Main Roads to achieve a seamless connection to the state network via this section of Port Drive.

    Early works are expected to begin next month with construction anticipated to be complete in May 2018. 

    ENDS

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