PORT of Brisbane’s $110m Port Drive Upgrade project was today officially completed, which connects the Port with the rest of southeast Queensland with a high-quality and safe road.
PBPL CEO Roy Cummins was joined by Queensland transport and main roads minister Mark Bailey and member for Lytton Joan Pease to celebrate the completion of the project nearly two years since major construction began.
Mr Cummins said the project was the biggest road project ever undertaken by the Port and was a significant infrastructure investment designed to help “future-proof” the Port as it continues to grow.
“This work has delivered significant safety benefits for all road users – it will boost efficiency for our customers and also delivers community benefits like safer access to the Whyte Island boat ramp,” he said.
“This project is crucial because the Port of Brisbane is the ‘beating heart’ of Queensland’s economy, handling around $50bn in international trade annually with the precinct home to more than 70 businesses, supporting thousands of jobs.
“Every year, more than 3.1m vehicles travel on port roads, and as trade continues to grow, so too does the Port itself. It’s absolutely vital that we continue to invest in road, rail and waterside infrastructure that will support the growth of this vital asset for the state.”
Mr Bailey dedicated the new Port Drive shared path, also constructed by the Port of Brisbane, to the late Peter Frawley – a respected employee of DP World Australia and a much-loved father and husband who tragically lost his life in a road accident while cycling on port roads in 2007.
“This project is a great example of private industry working with government to deliver a project that will benefit all Queenslanders,” he said.
“The Port of Brisbane is of course a vitally important piece of infrastructure, and the completion of this road will ultimately save time and money; I congratulate the Port on this fantastic achievement.”
Member for Lytton Joan Pease said it is projects like this that give people in the local area jobs, which gives the wider Bayside area an economic boost.
“I look forward to watching the Port continue to grow as Brisbane transforms into a true world city,” she said.
The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia awarded Port of Brisbane’s Port Drive Upgrade project an “excellent” rating for its design, which uses a new asphalt technology: EME2 asphalt, which is stronger and can be thinner than conventional asphalt.