The contract for the multi-million dollar M1 and M3 upgrade, between Eight Mile Plains and Rochedale South, has today been announced!
Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher made the announcement, revealing the contract for the design and construction of major works at the Gateway Merge had been awarded to Lendlease Engineering Pty Ltd.
“We are a step closer to commencing this important infrastructure project, which will improve congestion and safety on the Pacific Motorway,” Mr Fletcher said.
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In addition to reducing traffic, 131 jobs are expected to be created as part of the project.
Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said the upgrade included a new four-lane bridge over the Pacific Motorway on a realigned Underwood Road, providing improved east-west connectivity.
“During construction the speed limit through the site will be reduced and we ask motorists to take care when travelling through the area,” Mr Bailey said.
At the moment, the Gateway merge section of the Pacific Motorway is reaching operational capacity every afternoon.
Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen said the the additional southbound lanes on the M1 as well as the reconfiguration of the bus entry from Eight Mile Plains Bus Station will help with current congestion, particularly during peak periods.
“The M1 Pacific Motorway experiences some of the state’s heaviest traffic, with daily traffic volumes exceeding 148,000 vehicles and expected to grow,” Mr Van Manen said.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the upgrades, once completed, meant commuters and industry in the area would notice a significant reduction in travel time.
“This is one of the fastest growing regions in the state, and today’s announcement once again demonstrates how the government is getting on with the job, working with the Federal Government to get thousands of Queenslanders home to their families earlier each day,” the Premier said.
“I understand how crucial this section of road is, and it’s great to see this contract being awarded as early works get underway.”
The congestion busting project has been jointly funded by both the Federal and State Government, with the Australian Government committing up to $115 million and the Queensland Government the remainder.