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Gateway Motorway South Project Underway Media Release AA232/2012 12 November 2012

Joint release with: Graham Perrett

Federal Member for Moreton John Grant

Queensland Member for Springwood

The Gateway Motorway South project is now in progress, with a start of works ceremony getting the project underway

Federal Member for Moreton Graham Perrett today joined Queensland Member for Springwood John Grant to turn the sod on the new on-ramp to the Pacific Motorway.

“At the moment the Gateway Motorway southbound merge with the Pacific Motorway is a dangerous bottleneck with a high crash rate,” said Mr Perrett.

“It’s one of Brisbane’s busiest on-ramps, carrying an average of 30,000 vehicles every day, with crash costs between January 2004 and December 2008 totalling an estimated $3.5 million—this figure is unacceptably high.

“The Gateway Motorway South project is expected to increase road safety and reduce crash rates by giving motorists more time to merge, improving the road alignment and bringing it in line with current motorway design standards.

“It will also reduce congestion and improve the efficiency of traffic movement for road users, especially those merging onto the Pacific Motorway,” said Mr Perrett.

Queensland Member for Springwood, John Grant, said the Gateway Motorway South project was great news for south east Queensland, the fastest growing region in the state.

“We need to work quickly to give the Brisbane-Gold Coast transport corridor the capacity it needs to keep projected traffic volumes flowing.

“The full Gateway Motorway South project will provide funding to complete the Business Case, some land acquisition and construction works to widen Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road to six lanes between Broadwater Road and Gardiner Road, across the Motorway,” said Mr Grant.

The Federal Labor Government is committing $70 million through the Nation Building Program to the $140 million Gateway Motorway South project, with the Queensland Government providing the remaining $70 million.

Media Contacts

o For Mr Perrett—Sarah Ramsay—0434 058 200 o For Mr Grant—Ann Garrett—3423 2788