The last twelve months have seen more than 1 million hours worked and more than 3,200 people inducted on the $1.143 billion Gateway Upgrade North project. The huge infrastructure project is expected to support more than 1,000 construction trades over three years.
The upgrading of the Motorway to six lanes between Nudgee and Deagon in Queensland will provide a much needed critical safety and efficiency improvement for the 83,000 vehicles that travel on the motorway each day. It is hoped that investment will also accommodate all future traffic growth expected from Brisbane Airport, the Port of Brisbane and the Australia TradeCoast precinct.
The jointly funded project by the Australian and Queensland governments began in 2016 and is scheduled for completion in 2018. The Australian Government has committed $929.6 million to the project, with the Queensland Government committed to contributing $232.4 million.
The design and construct of one of Brisbane’s biggest road projects is being overseen by Lendlease Engineering Pty Ltd. The contractor has as a solid reputation and experience in working on a project of this size. The company understands the importance of minimising the impacts on the environment and will be implementing an Environmental Management Plan; to protect and preserve the environment across the project corridor throughout construction.
"Companies must start justifying their worth to society, with greater emphasis placed on environmental and social impact rather than straight economics."
Dick Dusseldorp, Founder of Lendlease, 1973.
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“Along with improving safety and reducing congestion, this upgrade will support vital employment opportunities for more than 1,000 people over the three-year construction period,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss.
The project will reduce congestion and improve safety. Once completed in 2018 the Gateway Upgrade North project will deliver:
- a reduction in peak hour delays, resulting in reduced travel times
- enhancements to existing safety measures for road users, leading to a decrease in motorway incidents
- a capacity to cater for the projected increases in commercial vehicle usage