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BUDGET DELIVERS IPSWICH MOTORWAY FUNDING

   
8 May 2007 004TRS/Budget

The 2007-08 Budget carries out the Australian Government's promise to bring forward $400 million to 2007-08 and 2008-09 to start work on the Goodna Bypass between Dinmore and Gailes, west of Brisbane.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Mark Vaile, and the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Road, Jim Lloyd, made the announcement today.

"The $2.3 billion Goodna Bypass is the most important part of the Government's $3 billion plan to fix the Ipswich Motorway. The bypass will halve the congestion on the existing motorway, because it will separate the heavy long distance trucks from the commuters on the motorway," Mr Vaile said.

"It will provide ten traffic lanes between Dinmore and Gailes, instead of the six lanes you would get if you widened the existing motorway.

"The Government has budgeted $100 million for the bypass in 2007-08 and $300 million in 2008-09, so construction can start in 2008. In addition, we will spend $109.9 million in 2007-08 to continue building the new interchange connecting the Ipswich and Logan motorways and $100 million in 2007-08 to start work on widening the Wacol to Darra section of the motorway to six lanes," Mr Vaile said.

The funding for the Ipswich Motorway plan is one of the highlights of the Australian Government's $766.2 million investment in Queensland roads in 2007-08. The state will also receive a fair share of the $22.3 billion in new land transport funding that the Government announced today.

The new funding will run from 2009-10 to 2013-14. It will be available under AusLink 2, the second stage of the Government's national land transport plan.

"AusLink 2 will continue our massive investment in Australia's roads and railways. We will also be able to provide more money for local roads under the AusLink Roads to Recovery and AusLink Strategic Regional programmes. These programmes were due to end in June 2009; they will now continue until June 2014," Mr Vaile said.

"The Government has already announced that we will extend the Black Spot programme under AusLink 2 until 2013-14 and increase its funding by 33 per cent. The AusLink Black Spot Programme funds safety works at dangerous locations on our roads.

"The Government will announce the details of Queensland's funding under AusLink 2 in due course, following discussions with the state government. Meanwhile, we are continuing to fund critical land transport projects across the state under the existing AusLink programme, and are announcing today that we will spend an extra $250 million in 2006-07 on AusLink Strategic Regional projects around Australia." Mr Vaile said.

AusLink National Network projects in 2007-08

Minister Lloyd said the Australian Government would provide $580.1 million in 2007-08 for AusLink National Network projects and former Roads of National Importance in Queensland, including the funding for the Ipswich Motorway plan. The Government's other spending includes:

  • $53.8 million to continue widening works along the Caboolture Motorway in the Brisbane metropolitan area;
  • $25 million to continue widening the Bruce Highway to four lanes through Gympie;
  • $26 million from the Australian Government's $79.5 million commitment to the Townsville Ring Road;
  • $63.1 million to help maintain the roads on the AusLink National Network in Queensland.

"In addition, the Queensland Government will be able to press ahead with upgrading the Bruce Highway between Cairns and Townsville and building flood improvements south of Tully, because we provided the state with an advance payment of $347 million in June 2006 for these projects," Mr Lloyd said.

AusLink Strategic Regional Programme

"The Government will spend an additional $250 million in 2006-07 on AusLink Strategic Regional projects around Australia. The AusLink Strategic Regional Programme helps local councils build transport infrastructure projects that will boost their local and regional economies and create jobs.

"As a result, the Government will be able to make more funding offers in response to applications we have received from councils. The Government will announce the successful projects in the near future, including projects in Queensland.

"The Government is already contributing $40.7 million to strategic regional projects in Queensland, including flood works on the Northern Peninsula Road in Cape York, sealing the Starlight Way between Aramac and Torrens Creek Road and improving priority sections of the 2,800 kilometre Outback Way.

AusLink Roads to Recovery Programme

"Queensland's 158 local councils will receive $62.5 million in 2007-08 from the AusLink Roads to Recovery Programme. In addition, the councils will receive $100.7 million in untied local road grants.

AusLink Black Spot Programme

"Queensland will also receive $8.9 million in 2007-08 under the AusLink Black Spot Programme, which will fix an estimated 55 priority crash locations," Mr Lloyd said.

Attachment A is a detailed fact sheet about the Australian Government's land transport projects in Queensland.

Media contacts:
Deputy Prime Minister's office: Tim Langmead 02 6277 7680/0421 584 990
Minister Lloyd's office: James Larsson 02 6277 7060/0434 305 130

ATTACHMENT A

QUEENSLAND

The Australian Government will provide Queensland with $766.2 million in land transport funding in 2007-08, as set out in the table below. In addition, the Government provided Queensland with an advance payment of $347 million in June 2006 to upgrade the Bruce Highway between Cairns and Townsville and to improve the flood immunity of the highway south of Tully.

The projects detailed in this fact sheet are funded under the existing AusLink land transport programme. The Government will announce the projects that will be funded under AusLink 2 in due course, following discussions with the Queensland Government.

Australian Government land transport funding, Queensland, 2007-08

  2007-08
Funding
($ million)
AusLink Investment Programme (1) 580.1
AusLink Strategic Regional Programme 13.9
AusLink Roads to Recovery Programme 62.5
Untied local road grants 100.7
AusLink Black Spot Programme 8.9
Total 766.2

This table updates the tables in Budget Paper No.3. The figures may not add precisely to the total due to rounding.
(1) Includes funding for some former Roads of National Importance projects that are off the AusLink National Network.

AUSLINK NATIONAL NETWORK PROJECTS

Ipswich Motorway

The Australian Government has announced a $3 billion plan to fix the Ipswich Motorway. The plan consists of the $2.3 billion Goodna bypass, a $255 million interchange between the Ipswich and Logan motorways and $320 million towards upgrading the Ipswich Motorway from Wacol to Darra.

Goodna bypass

The Australian Government has brought forward $100 million to 2007-08 and $300 million to 2008-09 to start the $2.3 billion Goodna bypass project. The remainder of its funding will be included in AusLink 2.

The new bypass will run from Dinmore to Gailes and will halve the congestion on the existing motorway. It will also separate the heavy long distance trucks from the commuters on the motorway. The bypass will be a six lane freeway and will not connect to Moggill Road or any other roads north of the Brisbane River.

The construction of the bypass will start at the end of 2008. It is due to open to traffic in 2012, which is the same timeframe it would take to widen the existing motorway to six lanes. As a result of the bypass, there will be ten traffic lanes rather than six between Dinmore and Gailes.

Ipswich/Logan Motorway interchange

The Australian Government will provide $109.9 million in 2007-08 to continue building the new interchange between the Ipswich and Logan motorways. Construction began in February this year and it is expected to be completed in early 2009.

The new interchange will ease congestion and make it safer to merge onto the Ipswich Motorway from the Logan Motorway. It will also encourage heavy long distance trucks to go straight onto the Logan Motorway from the Goodna bypass.

The Australian Government's total commitment to the interchange has increased from $160 million to $255 million as a result of cost blowouts by the Queensland Government. The Australian Government has commissioned a consultant to work with Queensland to audit the way it estimates the cost of major construction projects.

AusLink 2 will include important measures to manage project costs better. These measures are outlined in media release TRS1/Budget in this kit.

Wacol to Darra

The Government has committed $320 million towards upgrading the Wacol to Darra section of the Ipswich Motorway. The Government will provide $100 million for the project in 2007-08.

The project involves widening the motorway to six lanes, constructing a major new interchange at the junction with the Centenary Highway, and improving the traffic flow through the Progress Road interchange.

The construction of this part of the Government's plan for the Ipswich Motorway will start in 2007.

Beaudesert Road overpass

The Australian Government has budgeted $3 million in 2007-08 for the Beaudesert Road rail overpass at Acacia Ridge. The road over rail overpass will improve safety and the flow of traffic on Beaudesert Road and increase the efficiency of the Acacia Ridge intermodal freight terminal.

The Government's total commitment to the project is $25 million.

Port of Brisbane Motorway planning study

The Australian Government will contribute $1.2 million in 2007-08 toward the cost of a planning study to consider a future upgrade of the Port of Brisbane Motorway. The Queensland Government is meeting the remaining cost of the study.

The Port of Brisbane Motorway extends from the Gateway Motorway to the port boundary at Fisherman Islands. Stage 1 opened late 2002 as a two-way motorway extending from the Gateway Motorway to Lindum Road. The planning study will help determine which parts of the motorway should be built in stage 2.

Truck night toll waiver and numberplate recognition trials

The Australian Government has budgeted $1.4 million in 2007-08 to continue waiving the tolls for heavy vehicles that travel on the Logan Motorway at night.

The toll waiver will continue until December 2007 to support the Queensland Government's decision to ban trucks over 4.5 tonnes from using the Brisbane Urban Corridor without a local travel permit. The corridor consists of Granard Road, Riawena Road, Kessels Road and Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road.

The Australian Government has also allocated $2.5 million in 2007-08 for a trial of numberplate recognition technology on the corridor.

Beatty and Balham Road, Archerfield

The Australian Government has committed $10 million ($3 million in 2007-08) towards upgrading the Beatty and Balham Road intersections with Granard Road along the Brisbane Urban Corridor. The funding complements the development of a state and council funded link road near Archerfield Airport.

The link road and intersection improvements will reduce queuing delays and result in the more efficient movement of commercial and heavy freight traffic along Granard Road in the Rocklea and Archerfield areas.

Brisbane Urban Corridor planning and safety works

The Australian Government will provide $1.4 million in 2007-08 to continue planning and minor safety works along the Brisbane Urban Corridor.

Bruce Highway

Caboolture Motorway

The Australian Government will provide $53.8 million in 2007-08 to continue upgrading intersections and widen the Bruce Highway north of Brisbane, which will result in a six lane motorway stretching 27 kilometres north from the Gateway Motorway intersection.

This section of the Bruce Highway carries around 80,000 vehicles per day. With the further development of the areas north of Brisbane and around the Sunshine Coast, the extra lanes will cater to future growth, assist economic expansion and allow the free flow of commercial vehicles to Brisbane's air and sea ports

Townsville to Cairns upgrade

In 2007-08, the Queensland Government will be able to continue upgrading the Bruce Highway between Townsville and Cairns. The Australian Government provided the state with a $220 million advance payment in June 2006 for the upgrade, as well as $128 million for flood immunity works south of Tully.

The upgrade includes rehabilitation, additional overtaking lanes, widening, improved flood immunity, and improvements to intersections.

The initial focus is to improve the highway in and near Innisfail, and a $53 million series of works has begun, including culvert replacements at Victory and Canal creeks, between Innisfail and Cairns and near the August Moon Caravan Park, just south of Innisfail. Upgrades will also be undertaken at Pound Creek and near the cemetery, just south of Ingham.

The Australian Government has funded the installation of traffic signals, some road widening and the construction of median strips and traffic islands in Innisfail's main street. Work began in September 2006 and was completed in December. A project to install a second set of traffic lights, with associated intersection works, is expected to be completed by late July.

A number of pavement strengthening projects have been completed or are now under way, and maintenance works worth $350,000 are being carried out on the bridge over Liverpool Creek, 21 kilometres south of Innisfail.

Funding has also been committed towards planning other projects at several locations including the Mulgrave River at Gordonvale; and Arnot Creek, Seymour River, the Gairloch floodway and Kingsbury Creek north of Ingham.

Woodlands Shopping Centre to Veales Road upgrade

The Australian Government has allocated $40 million from the Townsville to Cairns upgrade package to upgrade the congested section of the Bruce Highway between the Woodlands Shopping Centre and Veales Road in Townsville.

The upgrade will include duplicating the highway from Woodlands to Veales Road, new intersections at the Mt Low Parkway and Veales Road, a better connection from the Woodlands Shopping Centre on to the highway, and a flyover to allow northbound traffic turning right at the Mt Low Parkway to avoid conflicting with the southbound traffic.

Tully flood immunity works

The Queensland Government will also be able to continue work on the major upgrade of the Bruce Highway south of Tully to improve its flood immunity. The Australian Government has provided the state with its full commitment of $128 million following an advance payment in June 2006 to fast track the upgrade.

The 15 kilometre upgrade will bypass Silky Oak and terminate south of the Tully High School.

Gympie four-laning

The Government will spend $25 million in 2007-08 to continue widening the Bruce Highway through Gympie to four lanes.

A number of intersections will also be improved to reduce local congestion. The construction of the first phase, from Kidgell Street to the Albert Park Bowls Club, began in February 2007. More works will follow, with the entire project expected to be completed by late 2009.

Cooroy to Curra planning

The Australian Government is continuing to work with Queensland to finalise the planning for the upgrade of the Cooroy to Curra section of the Bruce Highway, which will ultimately provide a bypass for Gympie.

Black Mountain safety works

The Australian Government has budgeted $5.1 million in 2007-08 from its $5.8 million commitment toward a range of safety works on the Bruce Highway at Black Mountain, near Pomona.

The project includes changes to the intersection of Pioneer Road with the Bruce Highway and improvements to the highway's road surface between Pioneer Road and Black Mountain Range Road.

The Queensland Government has decided to undertake these important safety works after it completes other rehabilitation work in the same area.

Tugun bypass

In 2007-08, the Australian Government will provide the final $60 million of its $120 million total commitment to the Tugun bypass on the Gold Coast. The Queensland Government is meeting the rest of the cost of this $543 million project.

The 7.5 kilometre, four-lane bypass will skirt the environmentally significant Cobaki wetlands and the Gold Coast airport, with a tunnel allowing for the extension of the airport runway. The project, which will relieve traffic congestion on the Gold Coast and Pacific highways, is scheduled to open in mid 2008, six months ahead of schedule.

Eight Mile intersection, north of Warwick

The Australian Government has budgeted $4.3 million ($3.8 million in 2007-08), for safety improvements to the junction of the Cunningham and New England highways, north of Warwick.

The majority of the funding was available in 2006-07, but it was not spent by the Queensland Government.

Townsville Ring Road

In 2007-08, the Australian Government will provide $26 million toward the Townsville Ring Road. The Government is contributing a total of $79.5 million to the $119 million project; the state government is meeting the rest of the cost.

The project will extend the Ring Road for seven kilometres from the Douglas Arterial to Shaw Road, which connects to the Bruce Highway. It is expected that it will be open to traffic by late 2008.

The Australian Government previously funded $37.4 million of the $54 million cost of the Douglas Arterial Road, which is the first stage of the Ring Road

Warrego Highway

Warrego/Brisbane Valley Highway Interchange planning

Following the completion of the Plainland interchange near Gatton, the Australian Government has funded a planning study for an upgraded interchange at the junction of the Warrego Highway and Brisbane Valley Highway, a state arterial road, at Blacksoil.

The current intersection has a poor safety record and does not cater well for turning movements. The Wulkuraka Connection Road is being considered as part of the design concepts.

Toowoomba Range Crossing planning study

The Australian Government has committed $10 million ($3.5 million in 2007-08) to plan and investigate the feasibility of a toll road bypass of Toowoomba.

Work is about to start on a pilot tunnel, which will be drilled into the saddle south of Mount Kynoch, about 90 metres below the New England Highway. The pilot tunnel will provide vital information about the geology and hydrology of the area so that the project planners can better understand what conditions to expect if a tunnel is built as part of any bypass.

Strategic corridor projects

The Australian Government will provide $6 million in 2007-08 as part of its $88.5 million commitment toward many small projects across the AusLink National Network in Queensland. These projects target the safety and the condition of the road system at key locations.

Maintenance

The Australian Government will provide $63.1 million in 2007-08 for maintenance on the AusLink Network in Queensland.

NON-NETWORK PROJECTS

Bundaberg Port Road

The Australian Government has allocated $880,000 to the Bundaberg Port Road in 2007-08, from its $1 million contribution to the cost of the project. The remaining project costs are being met by the Bundaberg Port Authority and the Burnett Shire Council.

AUSLINK STRATEGIC REGIONAL PROGRAMME

The AusLink Strategic Regional Programme helps local councils build transport infrastructure projects that will boost their local and regional economies and create jobs.

The Government is already contributing $40.7 million to projects in Queensland under the programme, but many important and valuable projects missed out on receiving support because far more applications were received from local councils than could be funded.

As a result, the Government has announced today that it will spend an additional $250 million in 2006-07 on strategic regional projects around Australia.

It will enable the Government to make more funding offers in response to applications it has received from councils. The Government will announce the successful projects in the near future, including projects in Queensland.

The Government will invest an additional $300 million in the AusLink Strategic Regional Programme under AusLink 2, which will enable councils to submit new funding applications.

LOCAL ROAD FUNDING

Queensland's 158 local councils will receive $62.5 million in 2007-08 from the AusLink Roads to Recovery Programme. In addition, the councils will receive $100.7 million in untied local road grants.

The Government has announced that the AusLink Roads to Recovery Programme will continue until 2013-14, instead of ending in 2008-09.

AUSLINK BLACK SPOT PROGRAMME

Queensland will receive $8.9 million in 2007-08 under the AusLink Black Spot Programme, which will fix an estimated 55 priority crash locations.

The Government has announced that the AusLink Black Spot Programme will continue until 2013-14, with a 33 per cent increase in funding from the start of 2009-10. The programme was due to end in 2007-08.