Tunnelling begins on Legacy Way project

Tunnelling has started on Brisbane's Legacy Way toll-road project

August 23, 2012

Tunnelling has started on Brisbane’s Legacy Way toll-road, which is expected to significantly improve traffic flow.

The 4.6km route will connect the Western Freeway at the inner Brisbane suburb of Toowong with the Inner City Bypass at Kelvin Grove, cutting travel times for motorists.

Brisbane Mayor Graham Quirk says more than 500,000 cubic metres of rock and dirt will be excavated, with the boring machine working beneath the surface of Toowong, Auchenflower, Milton, Paddington, Red Hill and Kelvin Grove.

Quirk says the $1.5 billion Legacy Way project will ease traffic congestion when it opens in 2015 and allow motorists to travel between Toowong and Kelvin Grove in four minutes.

"Through Legacy Way we will be able to deliver $10.5 billion in flow-on economic benefits including travel time savings, vehicle operating costs, environmental outcomes and improved road safety," he says.

A second boring machine is due to start tunnelling later this year.

Federal Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer Bernie Ripoll says traffic congestion caused by the bottleneck at the end of the Centenary Motorway has been a major source of frustration for motorists for years.

"These projects are important pieces in the puzzle of easing traffic congestion and reducing travel times for motorists in the western corridor," he says.

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