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    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    Palaszczuk Government fast-tracks design for a second Centenary Bridge

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    Wednesday, July 04, 2018

    Palaszczuk Government fast-tracks design for a second Centenary Bridge

    Work to make sure motorists in Brisbane’s South West will be able to get home sooner has been fast-tracked after the Palaszczuk Government committed $20 million to support planning and early construction for a second Centenary Bridge at Jindalee. 

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the increased funding would allow design of a second bridge to start along with important geo-technical works.

    “Ultimately, this is about improving traffic flow and easing congestion on the Centenary Motorway so motorists can get home sooner,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “It’s also about supporting jobs for Queenslanders through building the infrastructure we need.

    “I committed $4 million to plan for a second bridge late last year.

    “Now I can say we’re investing a further $16 million to fast-track geotechnical and hydraulic investigations and complete the design work.

    “Design also be aimed at future-proofing, to enable further bridge widening and additional road capacity Southbound.”

    Member for Mount Ommaney Jessica Pugh said the proposed bridge would provide three new northbound lanes beside the existing bridge.

    “This project has the potential to mean less time stuck in the car for people travelling to and from work,” she said.

    “It also means better efficiency for freight businesses, emergency services and public transport.

    “Adding a lane in the northbound direction will significantly improve traffic flow at Sinnamon Road/Seventeen Mile Rocks Road by extending the distance for merges.

    “It follows the Palaszczuk Government funding a $65 million upgrade of the Sumners Road Interchange last year, which is well progressed, with preliminary design now complete.

    “This is a significant boost for one of South East Queensland’s busiest roads which has been welcomed by the RACQ.”

    RACQ Head of Public Policy Dr Rebecca Michael welcomed the government’s continued commitment.

    “The Centenary Motorway is a significant route for the south east, particularly those motorists travelling to the CBD from the western suburbs and Ipswich,” Dr Michael said.

    “The Sumners Rd intersection is consistently a choke point for those travelling along the Centenary Motorway.

    “Our RACQ travel times survey has showed that, during the morning peak, motorists were travelling at just 30km/h from Sumners Rd to Dandenong Rd.” 

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said that the Sumners Rd Interchange project was progressing into detail design, and that the time was right to put the pedal to the metal on the proposed duplication of the Centenary Bridge which carried more than 92,000 cars a day.

    “The planning will also include other transport options such as a cycle pathway and we are aiming to have the business case completed by mid-2019,” Mr Bailey said.

    The $20 million investment is on top of the $425,000 in the 2018-19 State Budget to finish the design of Seventeen Mile Rocks Road Overpass Bridge at Jindalee.

    The projects are part of this year’s record $21.7B QTRIP.

    It is estimated the Palaszczuk Government’s investment in roads, rail, marine, passenger transport and active transport infrastructure will support around 19,200 direct jobs over the next four years.

    A completion date for the work will be finalised once design work is finished.

    Media contact:  Premier's Office:  Susan McGrady 0488 996 667