Friday, February 23, 2024

Brisbane heralds progress of record city-shaping project investment

Brisbane City Council says it is making significant progress on several major projects across the local government area as part of the biggest collective investment of infrastructure ever undertaken in the city.

Council says this year saw a $60 million investment in corridor upgrades, with an additional $79 million allocated to 385 road resurfacing jobs to improve the city’s road network.

The year also saw a record of more than 112,000 potholes filled since January, as part of the city’s huge recovery effort from the February floods.

Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner said Council was committed to delivering city-shaping projects to ensure Brisbane residents and visitors experienced a world-class lifestyle.

“This year we have invested more than $31 million to deliver 13 intersection upgrades. We also replaced two bridges and delivered a huge rebuild and recover program to help the city bounce back from the February floods,” Lord Mayor Schrinner said.

“The transformative Moggill Road Corridor Upgrade Project, jointly funded by Council and the Australian Government, has hit a number of important milestones this year with the removal of the Audi Dealership and roundabout, and installation of the temporary T intersection as works continue. This project forms part of our commitment to keep motorists moving and help residents get home sooner and safer.

“Council has delivered the Norris Road upgrade Stage 2 and, Chelsea Road and Rickertt Road intersection upgrade.  The finishing touches are being made at Road and Priestdale Road intersection which will see travel times reduced and safer crossing facilities for the many schools in the area.

“We are determined to continue investing in projects across the city to ensure our residents have access to world-class infrastructure.”

Council has also completed Black Spot projects at Sir Fred Schonell Drive in St Lucia, Boundary Road and Formation Street in Wacol, Adelaide Street and Creek Street in the CBD, as well as Rosemary Street and Biota Street in Inala.

The Lord Mayor said the Magura Street and Gresham Street bridge replacements were part of Council’s commitment to improve access and connectivity across the city by upgrading crossing facilities.

“The new bridges have both been built with a flood resilient design and are a significant improvement on the older bridges,” he said.

“The Gresham Street bridge was a century old structure and the last remaining timber road bridge in Brisbane.

“Projects like these help to connect our suburbs by ensuring better resilience and longevity in our structures so they continue to serve future generations.

“Following the devastating February floods, we know how vital flood resilient infrastructure is to our city and residents, which is why Council will always invest the time and effort into building things right, so that ratepayers aren’t stuck with a bigger bill next time.

“This flood was one of the worst Brisbane has ever experienced, with record-breaking rainfall and river, creek, and overland flow flooding right across the city, and we have invested in a Rebuild and Recover program to get the city back on its feet.”

Council is also rehabilitating the city’s drains, road network, waterways, and community clubs that were damaged by the February 2022 floods.

Lord Mayor Schrinner said most of the ferry terminals will return to service before Christmas, with the exception of two terminals that were most damaged and will return to service early next year.

“Our city is changing, but we are committed to maintaining and enhancing the Brisbane lifestyle that has made us the envy of the world.”

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