WESTBOUND motorists on the Logan Motorway travelling through Wembley Road will be the first to benefit as the Logan Enhancement Project ramps up.
Transport and Main Roads minister Mark Bailey joined Logan Labor MPs Linus Power, Leanne Enoch and Cameron Dick to celebrate a milestone moment for the project.
The westbound off ramp to Wembley Road at the Logan Motorway and Wembley Road interchange will be one of the first ramps to be open to traffic shortly.
Infrastructure minister Cameron Dick said the Wembley Road choke point was one of the worst interchanges in Queensland.
“(This) is one of the worst intersections in south-east Queensland and when this project is finished it will be one of the best,” he said.
“So putting in new bridges over the motorway, expanding the on ramps and off ramps will make a massive difference to the local community.
“It will take away these terrible intersections which are very congested in the morning and afternoon and make a big difference not just to the economy but to the lifestyle of people living in Logan.”
Minister Bailey said Logan Motorway congestion would ease steadily as the project progressed in stages.
“This off ramp will be open at the end of this month and will be the beginning of a whole series of ramps opening in the next couple of months,” he said.
“The Wembley Road area is notorious.”
Linus Power said there would be a two-lane southbound Wembley Road bridge over the Logan Motorway expected to open in October, with the existing bridge to be demolished.
“Work can then start on the new two-lane northbound bridge to provide four lanes for Wembley Road over the Logan Motorway,” he said.
Transurban Queensland group executive Sue Johnson said the first sod was turned on the project one year ago and it was now a third of the way to completion in mid 2019.
“We would like to thank motorists for their patience during construction. We know it can be testing at times,” she said.
“It is fantastic to see construction progressing and the benefits of the project starting to be realised for our customers.”
The Logan Enhancement Project is expected to deliver economic benefits of $1 billion over 30 years and support `1300 jobs over the life of the works.