An LNP Government will create jobs and bust the biggest bottleneck on Brisbane’s northside by building a $90m overpass across Gympie Road at Carseldine.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the Gympie Rd – Beams Rd junction had been identified as the third-worst congestion hotspot in Queensland by the RACQ.
The overpass will be funded through the LNP’s SEQ Congestion Program – a pipeline of new road and rail upgrades that will create 3100 constructions jobs and take the handbrake off businesses impacted by congestion delays and costs.
“The LNP has a plan to stimulate the economy, drag Queensland out of recession and create a decade of secure jobs,” Ms Frecklington said.
“I want to build Queensland out of recession by delivering new infrastructure like the Beams Road overpass,” Ms Frecklington said.
“There are more than 200,000 Queenslanders out of work, so the LNP will get shovels in the ground in Carseldine as soon as possible.
“This project will create direct jobs in construction and give local businesses a boost by cutting congestion, helping them create even more jobs in the future.
“The Morrison Coalition Government has given us the JobKeeper and JobSeeker safety nets – this will be a Queensland LNP JobMaker scheme.”
Earlier this month the RACQ revealed that each kilometre of Gympie Rd between Beams Rd and Albany Creek Rd costed the local economy almost $850,000 last year.
LNP Shadow Treasurer and Deputy Leader Tim Mander said the road upgrade would be fully-funded and fast-tracked by a Deb Frecklington LNP Government.
“Unlike Labor, the LNP will not delay new roads by starting petty fights with Scott Morrison,” Mr Mander said.
“The LNP will get straight to work on building this overpass and our procurement process will ensure Queensland firms are first in line for the contracts.
“Now is the time to look after our own first.”
The existing traffic lights on Gympie Road will be removed, eliminating long tailbacks in peak-hour traffic. Gympie Rd traffic will still be able to turn onto Beams Rd and vice versa.
LNP Candidate for Aspley Amanda Cooper said the project would cut travelling times for drivers and make business easier for local employers.
“Fixing this bottleneck should be a priority for the Palaszczuk Labor Government, but they have ignored it for years,” Ms Cooper said.
“This LNP project will fix Gympie Road, cut congestion through Carseldine and Aspley and remove the first major intersection for motorists travelling into Brisbane from the north.
“Only the LNP will get Gympie Road moving and get local businesses growing.”
The Gympie Rd – Beams Rd overpass is the second major project to be announced from the LNP’s SEQ Congestion Program.
Last week the LNP revealed it would invest $245m in building a duplicate Centenary Bridge at Jindalee to bust congestion on the Centenary Motorway.
The job-creating SEQ Congestion Program is in addition to the LNP’s previously-announced infrastructure commitments, including building the Second M1 to bust congestion between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.