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27 October 2010

New lanes on Centenary Highway - a clear winner for motorists

Media Release

Minister for Main Roads

The Honourable Craig Wallace

27/10/2010

New lanes on Centenary Highway - a clear winner for motorists

Another congestion-busting milestone for Brisbane's busy Western Corridor was reached today with two new lanes of high-speed road opened to traffic on the Centenary Highway.

Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said the 4.5 kilometre four lane stretch between Richlands and Carole Park would slash travel times and ease congestion for busy motorists.

"It's a welcome relief for the 40,000 commuters who travel the stretch between the Logan and Ipswich Motorways every day," Mr Wallace said

"The opening of the new lanes signals the end of construction of the road component of Stage One of the $800 million Darra to Springfield Transport Corridor project.

"It took a little over two years to upgrade the road. All four lanes are now open and signposted at 100 kilometres an hour, delivering two high-speed lanes in each direction between Carole Park and Toowong," he said.

Member for Inala Annastacia Palaszczuk said the design of the new, upgraded Centenary Highway allows for an extra lane to be added in each direction if there is a need in the future.

"I thank the community and the many motorists who pass through the area for their continued patience while these important works are underway.

"They will be the ultimate beneficiaries for a first class road and transport network," Ms Palaszczuk said.

The Darra to Springfield Transport Corridor is part of the Queensland Government's $124 billion South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program
2009-2026.

"It's a big jobs generator with around 650 full time jobs a year. It couldn't have come at a better time with jobs and job security more important than ever," Ms Palaszczuk said.

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