Design work is set to begin on a major $26 million upgrade to provide a safer, less congested journey for motorists travelling through Everton Park in Brisbane.
The project, known as the Everton Park Link Road, will provide a new connection between South Pine Road, north of Kedron Brook Creek, to Stafford Road, east of Mountridge Street.
“We are getting the planning work underway now so motorists can benefit from safer commutes and less traffic sooner,” Member for Ferny Grove, Mark Furner, said.
“The existing intersection of Stafford Road and South Pine Road already carries heavy traffic and is surrounded by several shopping precincts.
“Building this new link will provide better access to local shops and a better journey for motorists.
“This important upgrade is part of a wider traffic management strategy in the city’s north west, which includes improvements already made on Samford Road where traffic times have been cut by five minutes.
“We want Queenslanders spending less time stuck in traffic, and more time doing things they enjoy.”
MInister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey, said the upgrade would also include provisions for bike riders and pedestrians, ensuring all modes of transport were considered, and active and healthy transport options were provided for the community.
“Traffic improvements will be made to existing surrounding roads as part of this project with a refined concept plan expected to be released in the coming months,” Mr Bailey said.
“We are planning to engage with the community regarding the design and seeking feedback, so there will be plenty of opportunities to find out more over the coming year.
“Geotechnical, environmental and public utility plant investigations will soon start on site.
“We will, of course, also be talking to residents and business people near these works to keep them informed.”
Construction is expected to start in late 2019, and the project will support 54 jobs.