The AU$1.162bn (£570m) project will upgrade one of Queensland’s most congested and important motorways, which links freight hubs such as the Port of Brisbane and the Brisbane Airport.
The plan includes widening an 11km section 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.
“The addition of two extra lanes will significantly increase productivity, saving freight operators time and money and ultimately improving Australia’s freight competitiveness,” said Australia’s assistant minister for infrastructure and regional development Jamie Briggs.
Queensland Minister for main roads, road safety and ports Mark Bailey added: “We know the importance of a safe and reliable road network. Not only will this upgrade deliver travel time savings for drivers, it will generate a vast number of jobs over the life of the project.
The Australian government has committed up to AU$929.58m to the Gateway Upgrade North project, with Queensland providing AU$232.42m.