Upgrade near Brisbane Airport

Brisbane’s Gateway Motorway will be widened from four to six lanes to ease congestion

Two more lanes for Brisbane’s Gateway Motorway will reduce travel time for airport bus operators.

Lend Lease Engineering Pty Ltd won the hotly-contested tender for design and construction of the $1.162 billion Gateway Upgrade North project this week.

The widening of the motorway from four to six lanes between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge, an upgrade of the Nudgee Road interchange and widening the Deagon Deviation to two lanes in each direction should be complete by 2019.

Assistant minister for infrastructure and regional development Jamie Briggs says the major infrastructure upgrade would fix one of Queensland’s most congested and important motorways which provides a vital link to the Brisbane Airport.

"This project will reduce congestion and improve safety for more than 80,000 drivers using the northern section of the Gateway Motorway daily," he says.

"The addition of two extra lanes will significantly increase productivity, saving operators time and money and ultimately improving Australia’s competitiveness."

"Last year, the Australian Government delivered the biggest infrastructure investment in the state’s history to build world-class projects like the Gateway Motorway North, the multi-billion dollar Bruce Highway upgrade and the Toowoomba Bypass."

Queensland minister for main roads and road safety Mark Bailey says this is one of the state’s biggest road improvement projects in history.

"We know the importance of a safe and reliable road network," he says.

The upgrade will deliver travel-time savings for drivers when complete and generate a lot of jobs while under construction.

"The upgrade will enhance road safety and improve the movement along the national road network," Bailey says.

The Federal Government has committed more than $925 million and the Queensland Government more than $230 million to project.

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