By Ella Bradford
Planning has started for staged upgrades to the Bruce Highway from Anzac Ave at North Lakes to Caboolture-Bribie Island Rd at Caboolture.
The proposed long-term solution aims to reduce congestion and improve safety, travel time reliability, connectivity, and accessibility to and from the highway.
Deputy Premier and Member for Murrumba Steven Miles says planning includes upgrades to Uhlmann Rd, Buchanan Rd and Caboolture-Bribie Island Rd.
“From Uhlmann Rd to Caboolture-Bribie Island Rd, options are being investigated to either add an additional northbound and southbound lane; or add one-way, two-lane collector distributor roads on both sides of the existing highway to cater for shorter trips,” Mr Miles says.
Minister for Transport and Main Roads and Minister for Digital Services Mark Bailey says the government is keen to hear the views of the community.
“Community consultation is an important part of major projects like this, to make sure we are delivering the best outcome,” Minister Bailey says.
|“We're asking the community to share their thoughts to ensure we deliver a solution that meets the needs of the growing region and commuters who use it frequently.”|
The federal and state governments have committed $34 million to develop business cases with costs shared on an 80:20 (federal: state) basis.
Business cases are developing to find upgrade options for:
- Anzac Ave to Uhlmann Rd
- Uhlmann Rd to Buchanan Rd
- Buchanan Rd to Caboolture-Bribie Island Rd
Pumicestone MP Ali King welcomed the latest proposed upgrades for the Bruce Highway.
“Our Pumicestone communities rely on the Bruce Highway, and these new business cases will continue our work to build a bigger, better Bruce,” Ms King says.
Mr Bailey says plans include increasing capacity between Anzac Ave and Uhlmann Rd by building new lanes.
“The section of the Bruce Highway between Anzac Ave and Caboolture-Bribie Island Rd carries up to 110,000 vehicles a day,” he says.
|“The traffic volume on the highway during peak periods is forecast to double by 2041.”|
Mr Bailey says pedestrian and cycling facilities are planned between Anzac Ave and Caboolture-Bribie Island Rd.
“Key considerations in determining the upgrades will include the impact on nearby residents, road users and the environment, along with the ability to support our fast-growing region by providing connected communities with reliable and safe transport options,” he says.
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