The Hon Anthony Albanese MP
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Leader of the House
Member for Grayndler (NSW)
Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor
After less than two years of construction the new 4.6 kilometre Legacy Way, which will eventually connect the Western Freeway at Toowong to the Inner City Bypass at Kelvin Grove, has surpassed the halfway mark and is on track to be completed on time in 2015.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said progress to date had exceeded expectations, with both boring machines—Annabell and Joyce—having already removed more than 758,000 cubic metres of earth.
“In partnership with Brisbane City Council, we are determined to deliver this important piece of new infrastructure for Brisbane as quickly as possible,” said Mr Albanese.
“Having passed the three kilometre mark, Annabell and Joyce are now more than 75 per cent of the way through and at their current pace, will achieve breakthrough at the eastern end within months.
“The Legacy Way project is part of the record $6.5 billion Federally-funded capital works program currently being rolled out across south east Queensland, one of Australia's fastest growing regions.”
Once completed in 2015, Legacy Way will almost halve peak hour travel times between the Centenary Bridge and the Inner City Bypass. The project has received $500 million in Federal funding.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said along with round-the-clock tunnelling activities, crews were working to create the tunnel's eastern portal and prepare the Kelvin Grove site for the arrival and disassembly of the tunnel boring machines.
“The realigned eastbound Inner City Bypass lanes will open to traffic in mid-2013, allowing the team to create the tunnel's entry and exit lanes at Kelvin Grove,” said Mr Quirk.
“This follows the successful realignment of the Western Freeway's inbound lanes at Toowong in February, with cars now travelling on this new section of road.
“After we transition traffic onto the newly constructed alignment we will be able to build the entrance and exit lanes for Legacy Way at Toowong.”
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