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$18 million Paradise Road upgrade completed early

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Darren Chester Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Graham Quirk Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor

Joint Media Statement 12 December 2016

$18 million Paradise Road upgrade completed early A key southern corridor is now safer and more flood resilient, with a major upgrade of Paradise Road at Larapinta completed ahead of schedule.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project would improve Brisbane’s road network and ensure a safer and more efficient journey for motorists.

“The Australian Government provided more than $8 million to this project through our Roads to Recovery Programme. These realignment works will not only benefit the local community, but the thousands of motorists who rely on Paradise Road for their daily travels, particularly the industrial sector,” Mr Chester said.

“Paradise Road connects to the Logan Motorway and is heavily used by neighbouring industrial precincts, with commercial vehicles making up 12 per cent of daily traffic.

“With half of the crashes on this road involving trucks overturning, it was clear the tight bends needed to be addressed—this is the great value of the Roads to Recovery Programme, which allows local governments to identify and fix the issues that affect residents every day.”

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Council had delivered an early Christmas gift to motorists in the form of improved driver safety and reduced congestion.

“Council invested around $10 million into the project which was jointly-funded by the Australian Government, which has widened and realigned the stretch of road between Gardens Drive and Radius Drive to improve safety along the accident-prone stretch,” Cr Quirk said.

“Eighteen crashes occurred along the stretch over a five year period, with one resulting in loss of life and five hospitalisations. Half of these crashes were caused by heavy vehicles overturning.

“Paradise Road previously featured long straights that led into tight curves which contributed to these serious safety issues.

“Now the 2.2km stretch has been realigned and widened in both directions, increasing the width of the sealed road shoulders, and providing a 5.5m clear zone from the edge of the traffic lanes.

“This project will also ensure the road is more resilient to flooding, with a complete replacement of the road pavement with a more durable surface, and upgrades to existing culvert crossings and side drains also completed.”

Media Contacts For Mr Chester: Kate Barwick 0408 072 809

For Cr Quirk: Emily McCowat 0409 876 317