Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson
Pacific Motorway’s Fourth Lane
Victor P Taffa
The Newman Government has released plans to increase capacity on the Pacific Motorway between Klumpp Road and the Gateway Motorway merge.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said work to increase a 5 km stretch of motorway from three to four lanes would start later this month.
“These plans deliver on the second stage of our promise to further boost capacity while still maintaining safe driving conditions.” Mr. Emerson said.
“The project involves the replacement of the transit lanes, which will also allow an additional lane in each direction.”
“The new line markings have been independently assessed to ensure they meet our high safety standards, while also improving the capacity of the Motorway.”
Member for Mansfield Ian Walker said the works, which will include four lanes plus a stopping lane, were due to be completed by mid-2013.
“Motorists returning from their Easter Break are already benefiting from the decision to remove restrictions on transit lanes last week.” Mr. Walker said.
“The T2 lanes were installed on the south-east freeway more than a decade ago but failed to encourage carpooling and led to further congestion for those living south of Brisbane.”
Member for Stretton Freya Ostapovitch said the section of motorway being upgraded already carried up to 4,000 vehicles an hour.
“With smarter use of the space available we can deliver better outcomes for Queensland motorists.” Ms. Ostapovitch said.
“Most of this work will take place at night but anyone using this motorway should be aware there will be some changes to traffic while work is underway and take extra care while driving.”