THE Queensland Government last week outlined a total of $17 billion worth of projects under the State Government's four-year plan for road and transport infrastructure in Queensland.
Released by Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace and Transport Minister Rachel Nolan, the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP) is a four-year forward program of works for public transport, bikeways and roads.
"No other Australian state has a program of works four years ahead to meet the road and transport needs of the future," Mr Wallace said.
"It's about planning for growth, putting the right infrastructure in place so we can attract people to Queensland and build our economy and our future."
QTRIP projects include:
- Continuing detailed feasibility planning for the Cross River Rail capacity upgrade;
- Extending the Northern Busway to Kedron, and the Eastern Busway to Coorparoo;
- Strategic planning and community consultation for the Sunshine Coast multi-modal corridor;
- Stage one of the Darra-Springfield Corridor, including a new railway connection from Darra to Richlands and duplication of the Centenary Highway from the Ipswich Motorway to the Logan Motorway at Carole Park;
- Developing a preferred option for future upgrades of Cairns' southern approaches, including bus, motor vehicle, rail corridor, and pedestrian and cycle access;
- Continuing design for a high-standard, four-lane southern approach to Townsville on the Bruce Highway. The first section will extend 7.5km to Cluden, and planning is underway on further sections to the south;
- Beginning the next stage of a $148 million project to replace the Forgan Bridge across the Pioneer River. Stage two involves replacing the existing bridge with a new two-lane bridge to provide pedestrian and cycle facilities;
- Constructing the $613 million new alignment of the Bruce Highway south of Gympie between Sankeys Road and Traveston Crossing Road, as part of the planned Cooroy to Curra project; and
- Constructing a $158 million project to upgrade the Pacific Motorway; between Nerang and Worongary, part of the $420 million commitment to upgrade the motorway between Nerang and Tugun, jointly funded by the Queensland Government and Australian Government.