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Upgrade plans for Kingsford Smith Drive Unveiled

04 February, 2014

Upgrade plans for Kingsford Smith Drive Unveiled

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today unveiled plans for the $650 million major upgrades to Kingsford Smith Drive with construction expected to commence in 2015.

The joint Brisbane City Council and Federal Government project will increase the capacity of Kingsford Smith Drive, reduce traffic congestion and improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.

Cr Quirk said that Brisbane residents would benefit from two additional traffic lanes as well as more accessible public and active transport options on the new Kingsford Smith Drive.

“Kingsford Smith Drive currently carries up to 70,000 vehicles on average each day. We are upgrading Kingsford Smith Drive between Riverview Terrace and Breakfast Creek Road to six lanes, to allow this transport corridor to cope with future growth of our city,” Cr Quirk said.

“We will increase the capacity of intersections, specifically the Nudgee and Remora roads intersection, with additional turning lanes and centre medians. Public and active transport will be a focus of the upgrades with on and off-road cycling facilities, a separate pedestrian footpath and indented bus bays.”

Cr Quirk said Council was in the process of appointing a contractor to undertake a reference design, which would provide the construction contractor with a basis for the final design.

“I’ve always said that Kingsford Smith Drive is this city’s next major infrastructure project and we are now moving forward with work to widen the road to six lanes via a retaining wall built out into the Brisbane River.”

Brisbane residents will be invited to provide feedback on the upgrade of Kingsford Smith Drive at two community information sessions later this month.

“We are interested to learn what outcomes the community would like from the project in regards to active lifestyle options, visual appeal, shade and access to the river,” Cr Quirk said.

Brisbane residents are welcome to attend one of the Community Information Sessions on:
• Sun 23 Feb, 7am-12.30pm at Eagle Farm Markets, 230 Lancaster Rd, Ascot.
• Wed 26 Feb, 6-9pm at Gallopers Sports Club, cnr Lancaster and Nudgee Rds, Ascot.

Cr Quirk confirmed the project would be jointly delivered by the Federal Government and Brisbane City Council following the Federal Government approval of the sale of the tolling rights for Legacy Way and Go Between Bridge.

The Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade project is a key component of the Transport Plan for Brisbane 2008-2026 which balances investment in public transport, and walking and cycling with an efficient road network.

For more information, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone Council on (07) 3403 8888.

[Ends] 4th February, 2014

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