The $1.1 billion Gateway Upgrade North project in Queensland has reached the halfway mark of construction,  and is the first major road project in the state  to be given an independent design rating of ‘excellent’ for its management.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, said the construction of the project is on track, and would deliver major benefits to road users in south east Queensland, accommodating future traffic growth for Brisbane.

“Since major works began on this major project for the people of Brisbane, more than two million hours have been worked, and we have supported more than 4,300 jobs,” Mr Chester said.

“It is also pleasing to see the Gateway Upgrade North project awarded an ‘excellent’ design rating by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) – the first major road project in Queensland to gain this rating.”

The project has taken great consideration in how it is being managed, including how it uses construction materials, controls pollution, protects ecology, delivers community benefits, and incorporates innovation.

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports, Mark Bailey, said the past few months have seen a series of significant construction milestones achieved on the project.

“This includes the realignment of southbound traffic onto the new lanes of the Deagon Deviation; construction underway on the new northbound bridge over Sandgate Road; widening work nearing completion on the southbound bridge over the Bicentennial Road interchange; and the new Nudgee Road overpass nearing completion,” Mr Bailey said.

“Achieving sustainable outcomes has been a key focus of the Gateway Upgrade North project team during both design and construction, and being awarded an ‘excellent’ rating for sustainability is a significant industry achievement.”

Federal Member for Petrie, Luke Howarth, said motorists will see significant progress being made on this project

“Reaching the halfway point marks a significant step in easing congestion and improving safety on one of Queensland’s busiest motorways, providing a critical transport corridor for more than 83,000 vehicles daily,” Mr Howarth said.

State Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said reaching the halfway point was a significant achievement.

“As well as supporting thousands of jobs, this job has so far seen 75km of concrete barriers installed, 260 bridge deck units installed, 47 bridge girders installed, 135 bored/driven piles installed, 12,000m3 of concrete poured for structures, eight major traffic switches, and 200 people have visited the Visitor Information Centre,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

State Member for Nudgee, Leanne Linard, said the upgrade would improve safety for commuter and freight traffic.

“Road users will benefit from quicker and safer journeys to and from their destination when the upgrade is scheduled for completion in late 2018, weather permitting,” Ms Linard said.

The Australian Government is committing $914.18 million and the Queensland Government is committing $228.54 million to the Gateway Upgrade North project.

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