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Construction Begins – $80 Million Sumner Road Interchange Upgrade

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The State Government has announced the start of construction for the interchange upgrade project on Sumners Road that will see the removal of the existing bridge and the installation of two new bridges, totaling six lanes.

The new bridges include an important cycleway underpass that will link to the Centenary Bikeway. To facilitate the road infrastructure, the two roundabouts will be replaced with new signalised intersections.



Mark Bailey, Minister for Transport and Main Roads outlined that the upgrade will cater for the growing population and subsequent increased vehicle movements. It was pointed out that this road daily already caters for more than 35,000 vehicles and is a vital upgrade.

“This upgrade will not only tackle congestion, future-proof our roads but is also creating jobs which you will see with so many boots on the ground this week”.

“From the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade to the Logan Enhancement Project and now the Sumners Interchange upgrade, thousands of workers are turning up to jobs sites and building the roads Queenslanders need,”

“The Sumners Road interchange upgrade was cut by the LNP so we’ve put it back on Queensland’s build list and have expanded the scope of the project so there are additional facilities for bike riders too.” Mr Bailey said.

“It’s also a win for local bike riders with our funding boost enabling us to build a new bike underpass so bike riders no longer have to navigate a 750m dog leg,” Ms Pugh said.



Project Details
– New signalised intersections that will replace the 2 existing roundabouts
– New 2-lane eastbound bridge
– New 4-lane bridge with provisions for pedestrians and active transport users
– Cycle track will be built as an underpass below the western intersection
– Cycle track link to the Centenary Motorway Bikeway.

Jess Pugh, Member for Mount Ommaney outlined that the commencement of work is a result of the $15 million State Budget allocation.

“I’m proud that we’ve been able to secure a greater investment for the Mount Ommaney community. It means we’re now able to build a new westbound, four-lane bridge alongside initial plans for a new two-lane bridge”.



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Upgrade Improvements
– Increased capacity through the interchange by providing more traffic lanes and reducing congestion
– Signalised intersections enabling better traffic management and more reliable and efficient travel times
– U-turn facilities at both intersections, giving motorists improved access to local businesses
– A grade separated cycle track will be built as an underpass below the western intersection, safer and improved facilities for pedestrians and people who ride bikes, with shared pathways and on-road cycle lanes, dedicated crossing facilities and links to the surrounding local network and Centenary Motorway Bikeway.

Andrew Demack, spokesperson Bicycle Queensland advocacy outlined that the bikeway underpass would be a great safety improvement.

“Riders from 8 to 80 will feel safer on the Centenary Cycleway, as the new underpass will cut out the signalised crossing at busy Dandenong Road, saving minutes per trip,”

“This upgrade doesn’t just increase the capacity of the road network, it also lets more people choose to get to their destination quicker and safer by bicycle.” Mr Demack said.

Project Timing
– Commencement: Late July 2019
– Completed: Late 2021

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Source: Information, Drawings and Images
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Media Statement 22 July 2019
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