Construction has started on the $30 million upgrade to the Gympie Arterial Road and Strathpine Road interchange at Brisbane’s northern suburb of Bald Hills.
When completed, the interchange will remove the need for cars to cross the motorway in the path of oncoming cars or wait for a green light.
Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher said that the project would increase travel times and safety for motorists.
“These works will transform the current interchange into a diverging diamond interchange to help bust congestion, improve travel times and bolster safety through the area,” Fletcher said.
The construction of the interchange is set to create around 65 jobs in the local area, as well as improve the surrounding infrastructure for the 20,000 motorists who use the road every day.
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the interchange upgrade would be a big boost to the local area.
“Congestion busting projects like this not only mean less time spent in the car, but they create local jobs and work for businesses through the supply chain to support Queensland’s economic recovery,” Bailey said.
“Diverging diamond interchanges are not only cheaper to construct, but they reduce residential impacts, as they require a smaller footprint compared to a traditional interchange design.”
The upgrade is set to be delivered by Fulton Hogan, with construction expected to be completed in mid-2023.