Qld infrastructure planning: transport projects in the spotlight


Work is ramping up on the M1, Bruce Motorway and Coomera Connector

Bailey says $1.49 billion has been allocated for targeted road safety programs, in addition to road safety improvements achieved through major programs and projects.

The Queensland Government will boost a slew of transport and road projects through infrastructure investment across the state.

Outlining the details of its four-year road and transport investment plan, the state government says the plan is to move from economic recovery to future growth and prosperity, supporting jobs and providing essential infrastructure to keep the state moving.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the record seventh consecutive road and transport budget is helping to build an even more impressive pipeline of projects.

“Queensland is growing rapidly, with our world-leading pandemic response making our state the place to be, but we know we need the infrastructure to support that growth and that’s what this budget offers Queenslanders,” Bailey said.

“This year’s $29.7 billion Roads and Transportation Infrastructure Investment Plan will support 25,200 direct jobs, helping promote more jobs in more industries, while providing better transportation options. to the people of Queensland.”

The budget includes major investments in roads in South East Queensland.

“Work is accelerating on the M1, Bruce Highway and the $2.1 billion Coomera Connector,” he says.

“By driving from Coolangatta to Coolum, Queenslanders can see how many major upgrades are underway in this corridor.

“From the $1 billion upgrade from Varsity Lakes to Tugun M1 and the $1 billion upgrade from Daisy Hill to Logan Motorway M1, to the $662.5 million upgrade from Caboolture at Steve Irwin Way Bruce Highway, we offer more lanes, better interchanges and safer conditions through major highways in the southeast.

“In addition to this, we are building a brand new motorway, the Coomera Connector, which will deliver a second M1 between Logan and the Gold Coast, and will be the largest road project in Queensland history.

“That is the major work we are doing right now, while planning for the future with a series of planning studies and business cases funded by this budget to detail what is needed next in the region.”

Deputy Regional Roads Minister Bruce Saunders said key regional corridors such as the Bruce Highway are benefiting from significant additional investment, improving capacity, flood immunity and road safety.

“More than half of this record investment will directly support the Queensland region, with more than $18 billion in road and transport projects completed outside the Brisbane area,” Saunders said.

“The investment pipeline outlined in this plan will support an average of 16,220 direct jobs in the Queensland region, reinforcing our focus on supporting regional growth.

“This includes funding major regional projects like the $1.06 billion Rockhampton Ring Road, the $1 billion Cooroy to Curra Bruce Highway upgrade, the Bruce Highway upgrade from the $481 million Cairns Southern Access Corridor, the $350 million Port of Mackay Access Road, the $336 million Tiaro Bypass on the Bruce and the $230 million Townsville Ring Road. dollars (step 5).

“It also includes $280 million over four years for the Transportation Infrastructure Development Program, which reinforces our commitment to work with local governments on local road and transportation networks in regional areas.”

Bailey says $1.49 billion has been allocated for targeted road safety programs, in addition to road safety improvements achieved through major programs and projects.

“Improving road safety to reduce road trauma and save lives remains our top priority,” he said.

“This investment continues a legacy of constant improvement through our various safety programs, supported by our investment in infrastructure that improves road conditions.”

Bailey says the budget also meant the Palaszczuk government would provide $266.2 million for active transportation infrastructure.

“This includes projects such as the Broadbeach South Cycleway in Burleigh Heads, the Veloway 1 O’Keefe Street Bridge, the active transport route and junction along Gympie – Brooloo Road, and the New England, Highfields to Toowoomba (Stage 2),” he says.

“This is in addition to other projects that improve the active transport network, such as the infrastructure upgrades associated with Stage 1 of the Coomera Connector, the Centenary Bridge upgrade and various projects on the M1 and the Bruce Highway.

“Queensland boaters can also look forward to an investment of $185.3 million to maintain and upgrade their local facilities, including boat ramps, floating gangways, pontoons and dredging projects.

“This year’s QTRIP really highlights the important work we are doing across the state, making Queensland the place everyone wants to be.”

Bailey also notes that the timing of the 2022 federal election meant the QTRIP was drawn up ahead of official updates from the new Australian government to the National Partnership Agreement on the timetable for land transport infrastructure projects for Queensland.

He says the Queensland Government will work closely with the Australian Government in the coming months to incorporate new commitments into the infrastructure pipeline, such as additional federal funding for the Bruce Highway, the Kuranda Range, Boundary Road Level Crossing (Coopers Plains) and Ipswich Motorway Planning.

For more information on state budget investments, visit https://statements.qld.gov.au/statements/95471.

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