There’s plenty of movement happening in Brisbane, according to Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.
No matter where you look at the moment, there’s real movement occurring in Brisbane—from major traffic-busting infrastructure to iconic leisure infrastructure—we’re building up, under and over.
All this action is about ensuring our city’s infrastructure has the necessary capacity to cater to a growing new world city, by building in options to relieve some of our busiest traffic hotspots. I am committed to keeping Brisbane moving and these projects will see motorists, pedestrians and cyclists travelling more safely and quickly right across our city.
For example, motorists are now enjoying two complete open level crossing replacement projects delivered by the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council three months ahead of schedule – the $199 million Robinson Road pedestrian overpass in Geebung, and the $82 million Telegraph Road overpass project in Bracken Ridge.
These two level crossings were previously deemed Brisbane’s most notorious, with three fatalities recorded at Robinson Road and hundreds of near misses at each of the rail crossings. The completion of these two major projects has already seen significant benefits for a number of bus services, eliminating delays of up to 15 minutes at both level crossings.
Our iconic Riverwalk had its official public reopening on 21 September. This $72 million riverfront project funded by the federal and state governments will once again be an important part of our river’s edge walkway. More than 3000 cyclists, pedestrians and runners every day used the connection between New Farm and the Brisbane CBD prior to its destruction in the 2011 floods.
In early September, I also revealed the final design of 4.6 kilometre Legacy Way’s eastern and western tunnel portals and announced construction is now more than 80 per cent complete.
This is exciting news for commuters, with their travel times expected to be dramatically slashed once the tunnel opens, meaning more time being productive at work or more time at home with the family.The designs for the once-in-a-generation BaT project have now been publically released for public consultation.
This new bus and train tunnel will double the capacity of the rail and bus networks, take pressure off existing infrastructure and make way for future growth.
From the cranes on the skyline, to the tunnels in the ground and the pylons in the river, infrastructure all adds up to help keep our city moving – and in this period of growth and momentum it’s a great sign to see the foundations being laid for an even bigger and brighter future.