Tenders have been called for the detailed design for a new Centenary Bridge at Jindalee.
Queensland Premier and Member for Inala Annastacia Palaszczuk said the detailed design was a key part of the government’s $20 million allocation to fast track a business case and technical investigations for a new river crossing on the Centenary Motorway.
“Ultimately, this is about improving traffic flow and easing congestion on the Centenary Motorway so motorists can get home sooner,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“It’s also about supporting jobs for Queenslanders through building the infrastructure we need.
“The Centenary Bridge carries more than 85,000 cars a day and current traffic modelling indicates 152,000 vehicles will want to cross that bridge daily by 2036.
“We honoured our $4 million election commitment to deliver a business case for a second Centenary Bridge at Jindalee, and added $16 million to fast-track the design in our 2017/18 Budget.
“That planning will enable future bridge widening and additional road capacity southbound.”
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey the tender will include design for a new three-lane northbound bridge, including geotechnical and environmental investigations, and service relocations.
“This is a project that will bust congestion and improve traffic flow on this critical stretch of road,” Mr Bailey said.
“The detailed design tender is expected to be awarded in the coming weeks and is another important step in the planning process for improvements to the Centenary Motorway.
“Detailed design is expected to start mid-year and take about 12 months.”
Member for Mt Ommaney Jess Pugh said progress was being made on key upgrades planned for the area.
“Residents who travel on the Centenary Motorway know how congested it can get near the bridge and further south at the Sumners Road interchange,” Ms Pugh said.
“We are hoping to award the tender for construction of the Sumners Road interchange soon, and I’m pleased to see we are making progress on the design and planning for this major project, as well.
“These projects will make a real difference for people who travel through western Brisbane because it will ultimately mean less time spent in the car, and more time spent doing what they enjoy.”
Opportunities for community feedback on the design for a new Centenary Bridge are planned for later this year.