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$15 million federal investment eliminates Brisbane traffic bottleneck



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jfe Bob Brown Minister for Land Transport

$15 MILLION FEDERAL INVESTMENT ELIMINATES BRISBANE TRAFFIC BOTTLENECK

Further work is planned to improve the traffic flow through the Granard Road-Ipswich Road intersection at Rocklea, Federal Land Transport Minister, Bob Brown, said today.

Mr Brown officially opened the $15 million Granard Road interchange, which handles 50,000 vehicles a day — one of Brisbane's busiest intersections.

1 The interchange design incorporates ramps and lanes for various traffic streams, according to destination, and eliminates much of the conflict between local and through traffic', Mr Brown said.

'This design is compatible with a further upgrading of the interchange as traffic volumes demand, linking to future intersection improvements at Donaldson Road.

'Flooding at this location will be less of a disruption to traffic.

'The traffic changes also provide a service road system linking nearby industrial areas previously divided by Stable Swamp Creek.

'Provision has been made for a service road system linking Ashover Road to Randolph Street on the southern side of Ipswich Road and for the linking of Donaldson Road through to the Rocklea underpass, thereby removing uncontrolled intersections at Marshall and Grindle Roads'.

Mr Brown said the design of the interchange and the traffic changes had occured following consultation with the Rocklea Traders Association.

He said the interchange was the latest development of Brisbane's arterial road network funded by the Federal Government.

'Other improvements under way include further interchanges on Ipswich Road and the Warrego Highway, duplication of the Gateway Arterial and widening and realignment along transport corridors to the Port of Brisbane', Mr Brown said.

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