TENDERS have been called for the detailed design for a new Centenary Bridge at Jindalee in western Brisbane.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the detailed design was a key part of the government’s $20m allocation to fast track a business case and technical investigations for a new river crossing on the Centenary Motorway.

“Ultimately, this is about improving traffic flow and easing congestion on the Centenary Motorway,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“It’s also about supporting jobs for Queenslanders through building the infrastructure we need.”

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The Centenary Bridge carries more than 85,000 cars a day and current traffic modelling indicates 152,000 vehicles will want to cross the bridge daily by 2036.

The government funding will enable future bridge widening and additional road capacity southbound.

Transport minister Mark Bailey said the tender would include design for a new three-lane northbound bridge, including geotechnical and environmental investigations, and service relocations.

“This is a project that will bust congestion and improve traffic flow on this critical stretch of road,” Mr Bailey said.

“The detailed design tender is expected to be awarded in the coming weeks and is another important step in the planning process for improvements to the Centenary Motorway.

“Detailed design is expected to start mid-year and take about 12 months.”

Opportunities for community feedback on the design for a new Centenary Bridge are set for later this year.

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