The $100.4 million upgrade to the Boundary Road Interchange on the Bruce Highway north of Brisbane has been completed six months ahead of schedule and is now open to traffic.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, said the early completion of the new interchange at Narangba was great news for local residents and businesses, as well as other drivers using the Bruce Highway.
“This project is a great example of how the Australian Government’s investment in infrastructure is improving lives and saving lives at the grassroots. The Boundary Road Interchange is going to help commuters get where they need to go more easily and safely, and I’m impressed at how these works have been completed six months ahead of schedule,” Mr Chester said.
“The new interchange is just one outcome from our jointly funded $8.5 billion 10-year Bruce Highway Upgrade Program, which is delivering better roads right around Queensland.”
Acting Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports, Steven Miles, said the original two-lane Boundary Road Bridge had served the surrounding community for 40 years before being demolished in early 2017.
“The new six lane bridge over the highway, which is the centrepiece of this new interchange, has transformed this area for the growing Narangba community by moving traffic through more quickly and greatly benefiting local commuters, cyclists, pedestrians and businesses in the area,” Mr Miles said.
“The interchange also features longer on and off-ramps to improve safety for motorists entering and exiting the highway, and a separate shared user path to help pedestrians and cyclists safely navigate the interchange. All of these features will significantly improve safety, eases congestion and caters for traffic growth for years to come.”
Federal Member for Petrie, Luke Howarth, said since the new bridge opened to traffic in April 2017, the construction team had focused on completing the new on and off-ramps on either side of the interchange.
“More than 100 jobs were created during the life of the project and the increased capacity at the interchange is going to make it faster and easier for motorists to access the Bruce Highway as well as the residential and retail precincts in the expanding Narangba and North Lakes areas,” Mr Howarth said.
“Minor finalisation works, landscaping and watering at the project site will continue until the end of 2017.”
Member for Murrumba, Chris Whiting, said this was one of the biggest roads projects for the fast growing region.
“I am thrilled to be able to assist in announcing the completion of such a momentous upgrade. Locals will benefit so much from this – and they are impressed our Main Roads team has delivered this project so quickly,” Mr Whiting said.
Member for Kallangur, Shane King, said he was excited to see works completed ahead of schedule.
“This upgrade, with its shared user path for pedestrians and cyclists, is helping make this part of Brisbane more liveable for people here now, and future generations,” Mr King said.
The $100.4 million project was jointly funded with the Australian Government providing $80.3 million and the Queensland Government providing $20.1 million.