Brisbane's first toll road set to open in March

BRISBANE'S first inner-city toll road, the Clem Jones Tunnel (Clem7), is set to open as early as March, with the operator of the toll road, Rivercity Motorway, announcing to the ASX on Monday that it has received "20 business days notice" from the builder Leighton Contractors and Baulderstone Bilfinger Berger Joint Venture.

While the building completion date is less than 20 business days away, an independent verifier of the project will have up to three weeks from the completion date to formally certify that the toll road and tolling system are ready for the tunnel to open.

The Brisbane Times reports that Lord Mayor Campbell Newman has confirmed that the toll road will open to traffic early next month (March). Car drivers will be charged a $4.28 toll per journey toll to use the tunnel.

The 6.8km toll road will connect Bowen Hills in the north and Woolloongabba in the south. The road includes a 4.8km tunnel, the lowest point being 60 metres below the Brisbane River.

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