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    Transport/Main Roads
    The Honourable Stephen Bredhauer

    Beattie Government boosts Brisbane roads

    Transport/Main Roads
    The Honourable Stephen Bredhauer

    Tuesday, November 20, 2001

    Beattie Government boosts Brisbane roads

    Better roads and more jobs for Queenslanders spearhead the Beattie Government's plans to spend $5.5 billion on roads over the next five years.

    Transport and Main Roads Minister Steve Bredhauer said today the State Government planned to spend $5.5 billion on roads in Queensland under the five-year Roads Implementation Program.

    "More than $832 million will be spent on roads in the south-east corner over the next two years.

    "We're building more than roads. We're building on our strong economic growth, and we're providing jobs for people right across the state," Mr Bredhauer said.

    More than $296 million will be spent on roads infrastructure in the greater Brisbane area over the next two years.

    "Every $1 million spent on our roads creates 17 jobs in road construction and related industries.

    "Over the five-year program that equates to around 17,000 jobs statewide in road construction.

    Mr Bredhauer said key projects planned in the Brisbane area over the next two financial years included:

    - $58.6 million towards completing the first stage of the Port of Brisbane Motorway project, a new road to improve heavy commercial vehicles access to the port. A separate project will upgrade Lytton Road to four lanes between the Gateway Motorway and Bulimba Creek;

    - $2.5 million (jointly funded by the federal and state governments) to finalise planning for a second river crossing of the Gateway Motorway and increased capacity of the Gateway Motorway between Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road and Nudgee Road;

    - $11.3 million to complete a Nundah bypass tunnel that will alleviate the traffic bottleneck on Sandgate Road, at a total estimated cost of $53 million;

    - $22.4 million to complete a federally-funded Bruce Highway upgrading to six lanes between the Gateway Motorway and Dohles Rocks Road to improve traffic flows and safety;

    - $1.7 million for noise barriers for properties facing Kildonan Street, and asphalt resurfacing of various sections of Gympie Road;

    - $5.6 million to complete planning and start a $11.8 million duplication of Samford Road between Cobalt Street and Ferny Way;

    - $3.2 million to complete the detailed design and start widening a bridge over the railway line that will join the existing Petrie roundabout at the Paper Mill entrance;

    - $1.14 million to complete a new lane control system on the Houghton Highway that will help improve traffic flows and safety;

    - completion of a federally-funded planning study to identify improved traffic conditions and noise amenity on Mt Gravatt-Capalaba, Kessels, Riawena and Granard roads between the Ipswich and Gateway motorways; - $1.8 million for a freeway management system on the Western Freeway, including surveillance cameras and variable message signs;

    - $2.8 million for resurfacing the Centenary Highway in both directions between the Brisbane River and Ipswich Motorway to reduce noise and improve safety;

    - completion of a federally-funded planning study to identify upgrading needs on the full length of the Ipswich Motorway;

    - $10.9 million to continue duplicating Mount Lindesay Highway, with the next section between Middle Road and Green/Fedrick streets to start in 2002, at a total estimated cost of $31.6 million;

    - $4.2 million towards overlaying works totalling $4.5 million on Beaudesert Road between Compton Road and the Browns Plains interchange and sections between Mortimer Street and Algester Road;

    - replacement of the Coolnwynpin Creek Bridge on Old Cleveland Road by early 2002 at a total estimated cost of $2.5 million;

    - $3.4 million to continue planning and design of duplicating Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road between the Gateway Motorway and Mount Cotton Road; and

    - $1.05 million to finalise planning and start a duplication of Redland Bay Road between Windemere and Vienna roads, at an estimated final cost of $6.6 million.

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