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    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Signing marks another milestone for Gateway Upgrade: Lucas

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Tuesday, September 26, 2006

    Signing marks another milestone for Gateway Upgrade: Lucas

    The $1.88 billion Gateway Upgrade Project has taken another major step towards becoming reality, with the formal signing of the contract to build the project, Transport and Main Roads Minister Paul Lucas said today.

    Mr Lucas joined the Member for Bulimba and Emergency Service Minister, Pat Purcell, and Member for Chatsworth, Chris Bombolas, as witnesses to the signing of the agreement between Queensland Motorways Limited and the successful tenderer, Leighton Abigroup Joint Venture (LAJV).

    “This is the next big next step towards the Beattie Government delivering the largest road and bridge infrastructure project in Queensland's history,” Mr Lucas said.

    “The signing of the project deed formalises the contract that Queensland Motorways has with LAJV to design, construct and maintain the duplicate GatewayBridge and to upgrade 20 kilometres of the Gateway Motorway from Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road to Nudgee Road, including a new northern deviation and second access to BrisbaneAirport.

    "The project deed outlines key aspects including performance standards, financial arrangements, and how the quality of design and construction work will be independently verified.

    "The deed will also cover the enhancements being added to the project as part of the successful tender. The additional road works cover new on and off-ramps to Kingsford Smith Drive at Eagle Farm, extending the project 600 metres to the Nudgee Road interchange to provide an extra southbound lane, and building the bridge over Airport Drive to a width that can accommodate six lanes of traffic in the future.”

    Mr Purcell said that the signing was a significant day in the development of the project.

    "The signing of the project deed today formalises the contract, so that work can begin on final designs which will allow service relocations to commence by December 2006, followed by the commencement of construction works early next year,” Mr Purcell said.

    “The announcement of the successful tenderer was the first major announcement of the new Beattie Government. The high quality of the three consortia that were shortlisted for the project will make sure that the project brings value-for-money for the people of Queensland.”

    Mr Bombolas said: “This project will create more than 5000 jobs during the four-and-a-half year construction period, with an estimated flow-on effect into the local economy of $450 million in wages and salaries.

    “In addition, the project is also critical in supporting the continued growth of Australia TradeCoast, which contributes more than $4.3 billion annually to the economy and generates 5% of total employment for the Brisbane area.”

    Queensland Motorways' Chairman, Erik Finger, who was the Commissioner of Main Roads at the time the first GatewayBridge was built in 1986, said the signing of the project deed represented another milestone for the Gateway Upgrade Project.

    Mr Finger said key sections of the project would be opened as they are completed, to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow. These milestones include:

    ·Wynnum Road/Gateway Motorway intersection upgrade at Tingalpa - by mid 2007 (a $10.5 million separate works contract that is early works for the Gateway Upgrade Project)

    ·Wynnum Road to Lytton Road - open two additional southbound lanes - by late 2007.

    ·Northern deviation – four lanes available for opening and also provide a second access to BrisbaneAirport - by early/mid 2009.

    ·Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road to Wynnum Road - all six lanes open - by late 2009.

    ·DuplicateGatewayBridge open - by late 2010.

    ·Refurbishing existing GatewayBridge - by 2011.

    Construction will be completed by 2011.

    Media contact: Mark Strong 0417 767 436