FASTER AND SAFER: The Logan Motorway has been earmarked for a major upgrade
FASTER AND SAFER: The Logan Motorway has been earmarked for a major upgrade Contributed

Logan Motorway in line for upgrade

LOGAN motorists could soon enjoy faster travel times thanks to a $450 million market-led proposal to upgrade the Logan Mwy and the Gateway Extension Corridor.

The proposal, from Transurban Queensland, is the first to advance into the detailed assessment phase of the state government's new Market-Led Proposals Framework, which was announced in the State Budget in July.

It includes upgrades at key congestion and accident hot spots, widening parts of the Gateway Extension Mwy and the construction of some new ramps to ease congestion and improve safety.

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the project would likely create more than 1300 new jobs during construction and generate more than $1.2 billion in economic benefits for Queenslanders.

Mr Pitt described the project as "a great example of industry bringing their ideas to the table and working with government to facilitate them."

He said the proposal had already received early support from a wide range of stakeholders which included the Logan City Council, the Queensland Trucking Association and the RACQ

Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the Logan Enhancement Project responded to a "clear need for action".

Mr Bailey said it would transform a vital part of the SEQ's transport infrastructure that was currently suffering from congestion and causing reliability and safety concerns.

He said it also addressed major congestion and road safety issues currently experienced on the Mt Lindesay Hwy and Wembley Rd interchanges.

"In recent years we've seen a significant increase in commercial traffic," he said.

"Between 2010 to 2014, there has been an average network growth of 52.5% for commercial vehicles, compared to less than 7% for private vehicles."

Independent consultants KPMG have forecast the new road could halve the number of collisions by 2020.

Transurban - an international developer, owner and operator of toll roads - proposes to fund the upgrades through toll increases for trucks across the Logan and Gateway Mwys.

There will also be a new toll facility for motorists if they choose to use the proposed new south-facing ramps at Compton Rd.

Motorists will not be forced to use any new tolling points and they will have access to alternative routes via the existing toll-free road network.

It's expected the government will receive Transurban's final proposal in late 2016, when they decide whether to proceed with the proposal, modify it or consider other options.

For more information about the framework, visit treasury.qld.gov.au



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