The Hon Anthony Albanese MP
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Leader of the House
Member for Grayndler (NSW)
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The detailed plans for the highly anticipated ‘Blacksoil Interchange’ at the intersection of the Warrego and Brisbane Valley highways have been released.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, and Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Scott Emerson, said the finalisation of the upgrade design brought the project another step closer.
“The Blacksoil Interchange upgrade has been a long time in the making but we now have the design to get work fully underway,” Mr Albanese said.
“This project has been complex from the start but through careful planning and working closely with the local community we have the solution to improve safety for local road users and improve traffic flow through the area.
“Crossing this intersection can be difficult for local drivers, particularly at peak times, with 40,000 vehicles a day travelling the Warrego Highway, 9,000 on the Brisbane Valley Highway and 6,000 on the Wulkuraka Connection Road.
“Importantly, the Blacksoil upgrade will improve the flow, throughput and accessibility for freight to and from the Port of Brisbane and the key resource areas west of Toowoomba,” Mr Albanese said.
Mr Emerson said the upgrade would remove the need for vehicles to turn across oncoming traffic and allow for the population growth by accommodating a greater number of vehicles.
“The hazardous intersection will be replaced with a safe and efficient interchange that will include an overpass to separate major traffic movements; easing congestion and enhancing freight movements along this vital link,” Mr Emerson said.
“Adding a grade separated interchange will allow traffic to cross the highway safely without affecting the speed of travellers on the main highway.
“A connection will also be built to retain access to Blacksoil Village, local businesses and residential areas.
“The project design will deliver an upgrade which truly benefits the local community and remains within budget,” he said.
The Federal Government is providing $54 million towards project and the Queensland Government the remaining $39.4 million.
Initial preparation works commenced in February with the establishment of a site office and early clearing works.
Full construction works are expected to commence in April with completion expected in late 2014, weather permitting.
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