Works underway on $80m Sumners Road interchange upgrade in QLD

Monica Gameng   |   July 23, 2019

Construction is now underway on the $80 million Sumners Road interchange upgrade in Queensland, which will remove the old bridge and replace it with two new bridges with a total of six lanes.

This upgrade is anticipated to support up to 105 jobs.

“More than 35,000 vehicles use this stretch of road daily and with a growing population, this upgrade is vital.

“This upgrade will not only tackle congestion, future-proof our roads but is also creating jobs which you will see with so many boots on the ground this week,” Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said.

Sumners-Road-Interchange-Upgrade-mapSource: Department of Transport and Main Roads

The upgrade will include:

  • New traffic lanes to increase capacity and reduce congestion at the interchange
  • Signalised intersections to improve traffic management and provide more reliable and efficient travel times
  • U-turn facilities at the intersections to give motorists improved access to local businesses
  • A grade separated cycle track under the western intersection; safer and improved pedestrian facilities; shared pathways and on-road cycle lanes; dedicated crossing facilities and links to the surrounding local network and Centenary Motorway Bikeway

The 2019-20 State Budget has allocated $15 million towards the delivery of this project.

“I’m proud that we’ve been able to secure a greater investment for the Mount Ommaney community. It means we’re now able to build a new westbound, four-lane bridge alongside initial plans for a new two-lane bridge.

“It’s also a win for local bike riders with our funding boost enabling us to build a new bike underpass so bike riders no longer have to navigate a 750m dog leg,” Member for Mount Ommaney Jess Pugh said.

According to Bicycle Queensland advocacy spokesperson Andrew Demack, the new bikeway underpass included in the multi-million dollar project will be a “great safety environment”.

“Riders from 8 to 80 will feel safer on the Centenary Cycleway, as the new underpass will cut out the signalised crossing at busy Dandenong Road, saving minutes per trip.

“This upgrade doesn’t just increase the capacity of the road network, it also lets more people choose to get to their destination quicker and safer by bicycle,” Mr Demack said.

Weather permitting, construction on the Sumners Road interchange upgrade is due for completion in late-2021.

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Source: Queensland Government (1, 2); Your Neighbourhood

Monica Gameng
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