Full speed ahead for extra lane funding

August 26, 2012 by  

The City of Logan will benefit from a further $35 million in funding to upgrade the Pacific Motorway (M1) in the area between the Gateway and Logan Motorway, it was announced this month.

Residents in Springwood, Slacks Creek and Daisy Hill in particular will be pleased to learn that the State and Federal Governments have agreed to jointly fund an additional southbound lane at Springwood. Each government will contribute $17.5 million towards the upgrade.

Various recommendations to make the Pacific Motorway safer and more efficient were made by the Pacific Motorway Master Concept Plan and Prioritisation Study some years ago. A $420 million joint project was announced in 2009, with the work being staged as funding became available. The new lane between Fitzgerald Avenue and Old Chatswood Road has been given priority because it will join to a southbound section which is currently being constructed in the area.

Construction of this additional southbound lane aims to ease congestion and will commence early 2013 according to State Member for Springwood John Grant .

With fiscal restraint being a catchphrase for all governments at the moment, this funding announcement will be welcome news to businesses and residents in Logan. The project will help sustain the local economy and it is likely that contractors will be working with their printing services now to ensure their contract management plans and other documents are ready for when tenders are called.

Depending on the weather, the additional southbound lane is expected to be completed early in 2014.