LM delivers an infrastructure budget to tackle congestion

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will deliver a strong infrastructure budget, with one third of the total budget dedicated to building smoother suburban streets and continuing to tackle traffic congestion.

The Lord Mayor’s $3 billion 2017/18 Budget includes a $1 billion investment to improving the city’s road network, with 650 streets to be resurfaced, 39 major road projects and more than 250 minor projects.

Cr Quirk said his continued focus on tackling traffic congestion across the city and suburbs would ensure residents got home quicker and safer, to spend more time enjoying Brisbane’s great lifestyle.

“Over the coming year, some major milestones will be achieved in Council’s package of road projects attacking congestion, with works commencing on the much anticipated $127 million upgrade to Brisbane’s link to the bayside, the Wynnum Road corridor (Stages 1 and 1b) and works will be completed on the $60 million four-laning of the Inner City Bypass,” Cr Quirk said.

“A $650 million upgrade to Kingsford Smith Drive will continue with $223 million in 2017/18, to continue construction which is currently at the river-piling stage.

“The $250 million Telegraph Road corridor upgrade (Stages 1a, 1b and 2) will continue with $81 million allocated in 2017/18 to continue major construction works for the widening.”

Cr Quirk said residents could also look forward to several major suburban road projects kick-starting in 2017/18, to address localised congestion and safety issues.

“In coming months, an upgrade for the Green Camp Road Corridor (Wakerley), replacement of the Murphy Road and Ellison Road roundabout (Geebung), a major upgrade to the Johnson Road and Stapylton Road intersection (Heathwood), and the Beckett Road and Hamilton Road intersection upgrade (McDowall) will all get underway,” he said.

Cr Quirk said $90 million would be invested into delivering smoother suburban streets, with 650 streets to be resurfaced in the coming year, including several major arterial roads.

“Suburban links including Algester Road (Algester), Beams Road (Carseldine), Boundary Road (Camp Hill), Creek Road (Murarrie), Hamilton Road (Wavell Heights), Honour Avenue (Graceville), Inala Avenue (Forest Lake), Johnson Road (Parkinson), Manly Road (Manly), Miskin Street (Toowong), Newmarket Road (Enoggera), Old Cleveland Road (Carindale and Cooparoo) and Wellington Road (Woolloongabba), will all benefit from major resurfacing projects in the coming year,” he said.

Cr Quirk said other budget highlights in the coming year included $2.7 million for safety upgrades around schools and safety awareness programs.

“Council will continue rolling out high visibility warning signage, with $1.9 million for the speed warning sign program and flashing warning sign program over the coming year,” he said.