THE Queensland Government has announced funding for the final stage of Brisbane's Veloway 1 (V1) cycleway, which will provide a 17-kilometre link between Brisbane city and the Gateway Motorway off-ramp at Eight Mile Plains.
Due for completion by late 2019, the final stage is known as Stage E and has been divided into two sections, with $26 million in funding allocated for section 1 and $19 million allocated for section 2.
Stage A (Logan Road (exit 14) to Miles Platting Road, Eight Mile Plains), Stage B (Miles Platting Road to Gateway Motorway off-ramp, Eight Mile Plains) and Stage C (Lewisham Street, Greenslopes to Birdwood Road, Holland Park West) have all been completed. Stage D (Lewisham Street, Greenslopes to O'Keefe Street, Buranda) is under construction and due to open later this year.
Main Roads and Roads Safety Minister Mark Bailey said Stage E is the single largest package of V1 works planned to date that will support more than 60 jobs during construction.
"It will run alongside the M1 from Birdwood Road, Holland Park to Gaza Road, Tarragindi when completed. Elevated cycling bridges over the Gaza Rd off ramp and over the Marshall Rd freeway intersection will see huge safety benefits for local cyclists," Mr Bailey said.
Bicycle Queensland Chief Executive, Ben Wilson, said it was an exciting time for transport in South East Queensland. "We consistently see upgraded bikeways getting more users, and this new section will do just that," he said.
"The contribution cycling makes to the health of Queenslanders, plus reducing traffic congestion on the M1 is substantial, so we applaud this win-win move with the V1 Stage E."
More information about the project is available from the Department of Transport and Main Roads website at <https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/V/Veloway-1-Pacific-Motorway>.