A KEY milestone has been reached on the $1.14 billion Gateway Upgrade North project, with the opening of two new southbound lanes along the Deagon Deviation.
Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the project included significant changes to widen the Deagon Deviation between Depot and Bracken Ridge Roads, providing two lanes in each direction.
"Other project works will include construction of a new off-ramp overpass which will be built over the motorway to allow Redcliffe-bound traffic to seamlessly join with the new northbound Deagon Deviation,” Mr Bailey said.
Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth said the Deagon section of the motorway had a poor traffic incident record, compounded by significant traffic merging and weaving which highlighted the need for safety improvements.
"The new southbound lanes along the Deagon Deviation will greatly improve safety for drivers by eliminating traffic weaving and reducing congestion,” he said.
"They will also improve travel times for people driving from Brisbane to Redcliffe, improve safety on the motorway, and accommodate future growth.”
State Member for Sandgate Stirling Hinchliffe said the Gateway Upgrade North project was also demonstrating its commitment to sustainability by using EME2 asphalt.
"EME2 is a stiff asphalt designed for heavily trafficked roads and is especially appealing for road builders as it allows for a reduction in the depth of pavements by up to 20%, and allows work to be undertaken more efficiently,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
"The benefits to EME2 are significant, including reducing the use of non-renewable resources and the use of fewer trucks on the road to produce and construct the pavement.”
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said completion of the new southbound lanes at Deagon Deviation would be a major factor in reducing congestion on one of Queensland's busiest motorways.
"The Gateway Upgrade North is a key project in the Australian Government's record $50 billion investment in transport infrastructure across Australia, improving safety and reducing congestion for the 83,000 motorists who use the Gateway Motorway each day,” Mr Chester said.
The Australian Government has committed up to $914.18 million to the Gateway Upgrade North project, in partnership with the Queensland Government which has committed $228.5 million towards the project.
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