Government threatens Gateway Motorway toll
The Newman government is considering adding extra tolls to the Gateway Motorway if the federal government doesn't come to the table with funding for an upgrade.
Most of the Gateway Motorway was sold by the previous Labor state government to the Queensland Investment Corporation for $3 billion but the section from Nudgee to the Bruce Highway, known as Gateway Motorway North, remained a state-controlled road.
Transport Minister Scott Emerson today called upon the federal government to commit to funding for the upgrade of the Gateway Motorway North.
"If funding isn't committed by the federal government to the section north of Nudgee then we would need to consider delaying the project several years or tolling – neither of which is likely to be supported by up to 100,000 motorists who use that stretch of road each day,” he said.
Unlike the Logan Motorway, which is also owned by QIC, the Gateway has a single toll across the Sir Leo Hielscher bridges.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads released a draft plan of the $1.3 billion motorway upgrade in June 2011.
Plans include widening the motorway to six lanes from Nudgee to the Deagon Deviation.
The Deagon Deviation would also be widened between Depot Road and Bracken Ridge Road.
“If elected, the federal coalition has committed $1 billion towards upgrading the Gateway Motorway,” Mr Emerson said.
“If federal Labor failed to match the commitment and formed government the project can't currently be afforded."
Minister for infrastructure and transport Anthony Albanese said the Gillard government had already put funds towards the motorway but would look at any state government proposals in the new year.
"Federal Labor has already provided funding for planning as well as some construction on the Gateway North out of our $8.7 billion record funding for Queensland infrastructure," he said.
"Further funding announcements will not be made on New Years Eve, but after proper assessment of Queensland Government proposals."