Queensland Government is to invest $10m in new road construction as it attempts to ease congestion
Brisbane City Council is to spend up to $10 million to help with the rehabilitation of a major road, after it revealed it would be spending $12.5 million in new capital projects.
Key points:The Queensland Government will spend $1.5m on new road projects in 2018-19Local councils are being asked to spend $4.5 billion in 2017-18Queensland Government has already announced it will spend around $30 billion in capital spending over the next decadeLocal councils will be asked to put $5.4 billion into road projects this year and $4 billion next yearLocal councils have been asked to help finance about $1 billion worth of road construction projects in the Queensland capital over the last decade.
The Federal Government has committed to spend around half of the state’s $30-billion budget in 2017 and around $2.5bn over the coming 10 years.
Local councils would be asked in 2017 to put up $6.2 billion in road projects.
A new report on the Queensland Government’s capital spending program said the state had already spent $10.7 billion on road projects since 2005.
However, the state Government was now looking to spend even more in 2018, after announcing $1 million in capital projects, including the Brisbane City’s $5 billion Brisbane Tunnel.
The State Government said the $10-million investment was necessary to help Queensland build a better road network and build more capacity on the state highway network.
Queenslanders have been urged to help the state government rebuild Brisbane’s road network.
“This will help reduce congestion on our roads, provide more reliable and affordable transport for Queenslanders, and to increase the economic vibrancy and vibranity of the region,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“Roads and the road network need to be safe, reliable and safe for everyone.”‘
We need to get on with it’The Queensland Department of Transport said it would invest up to about $2 billion to build new road links and upgrade existing roads.
“We’re looking at a lot of new road infrastructure, new bridges, and we’re looking for that $2-billion investment in infrastructure,” Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Development, Steve Branson, said.
The Government’s budget also committed $2 million towards the Brisbane Tunnel and $2,000 to the Great Western Sydney Freeway.
“In 2019, we will be investing $10 billion in Brisbane to deliver our vision for the CBD to be a world class CBD,” Mr Branson said.
A $5 million fund to rebuild the Great Northern Freeway will also be launched this week.
“It will help provide a long-term infrastructure plan for the state of Queensland,” Mr Bennett said.
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