Finally, some good news for those who brave traffic everyday! The Sumners Road Interchange Project Update is almost complete.
Speaking in a live broadcast while on progress inspection in January, Member for Mount Ommaney Jess Pugh can’t help but express her satisfaction as the $80 million project is fast becoming a reality.
“I’m so excited to be here today to have a look at the six newly opened lanes on the Sumner road overpass. This project has been years in the making. And I really thank my community for putting up with the construction that’s been going on for the last few years. We’re almost there now and as you can see the final result is absolutely going to be worth the wait.”
Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads awarded the design contract in late 2018 for this project. In 2019, early works were started to address heavy traffic suffered by more than 35,000 motorists traversing the area.
In these three years, the Sumners Road Interchange Project features a new two-lane eastbound bridge and a new four-lane westbound bridge with an underpass below the western intersection that will link up with the Centenary Motorway Bikeway.
Miss Pugh shares that “The road overpass has now got triple capacity over the bridge and that’s absolutely critical for the business hubs that are growing and thriving in the Sumner area and the Darra area and this bridge connects those two.”
“It also connects the Centenary community with the Darra train station, which means that people now have quick access to an express station. And that’s now a viable option for them, previously local residents were waiting up to 20 minutes to cross this bridge in the mornings to get out of Centenary suburbs. That will be a thing of the past with this fantastic new upgrade.”
2021 marks the year of massive building programs for travel and transportation in Queensland. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey pronounced that this is a part of a $50 billion budget ensured by the government to build infrastructure and create more jobs as the global health crisis continues.