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Australian Government archives another roads milestone for south-east Queensland.



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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Jim Lloyd MP Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads

12 Joint March 2007 L024/2007

Joint Media Statement

The Hon Jim Lloyd MP Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads

The Hon Mal Brough Minister for Families, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs Federal Member for Longman

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT ACHIEVES ANOTHER ROADS MILESTONE FOR SOUTH-EAST QUEENSLAND

The Australian Government achieved another milestone in South-East Queensland today when the nine-kilometre Boundary Road to Uhlmann Road widening project was completed along the Bruce Highway.

The project was fully funded by the Australian Government at the cost of $108 million.

The Australian Government Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Jim Lloyd, and the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and Federal Member for Longman Mal Brough, officiated at today's official opening.

"This is the largest single segment in the plan to upgrade the Bruce Highway to six lanes as far as North Caboolture," Mr Lloyd said.

Mr Lloyd said the conversion of the Bruce Highway from four to six lanes as far as Caboolture formed part of a multi-billion dollar investment the Australian Government was making in South-East Queensland's transport infrastructure.

"This will be a major growth corridor for Brisbane in the years ahead," he said.

"However, the Australian Government's $15 billion investment in the AusLink network should not give hope to other levels of government to delay investing in associated infrastructure."

Mr Lloyd said that severe cost blowouts on road infrastructure projects around Australia had caused concern.

"One in five AusLink projects completed so far have gone over budget by more than a million dollars and the Australian Government no longer will stand by and let this happen," Mr Lloyd said.

"Thankfully this particular project is before time and on budget and hopefully can be seen as a guide for future projects in Queensland."

Mr Brough said the Uhlmann Road to Caboolture section was currently in the planning and design stages. He said the Government has committed $40.2 million for the North Caboolture interchange, which is also currently under construction.

An earlier stage, involving six lanes from the Deception Bay Road interchange through to the existing six-lane section south of Boundary Road opened in mid-2006.

Mr Brough cautioned against relying solely on the Bruce Highway as being the workhorse of the region's traffic network.

"We must plan adequately to supplement these Bruce Highway improvements with appropriate upgrades to the local road network and adopt a visionary approach to connectivity between places such as Ipswich, Caboolture, and Bribie Island.

The Boundary Road-Uhlmann Road project includes:

● a safer Boundary Road intersection with the Bruce Highway, improved to meet future traffic

flows; ● an upgraded Deception Bay Road interchange to cater for additional west-north traffic flows;

● an eastern service road across Burpengary Creek connecting to Morayfield Road via Buckley

Road; and ● regulated access along the Bruce Highway between Boundary Road and Uhlmann Road

except for entry and exit ramps at Deception Bay Road, Boundary Road and the Uhlmann Road-Morayfield Road interchanges.

Mr Brough said Leighton Contractors completed the widening works several months ahead of schedule.

He said this was a good outcome and allowed motorists to enjoy safer, less congested traffic conditions sooner than anticipated.

"The Australian Government looks forward to opening the next stage in the Caboolture Motorway project - the North Caboolture interchange - and a start of work on wider bridges over the Caboolture River as part of the final phase," he said.

Media Contacts

Fiona Telford ( Mr Lloyd's Office ) 02 6277 7060

Peter Evans ( Mr Brough's Office ) 0438 194 272