Port of Brisbane reaches major milestone on $110 million Port Drive Upgrade project
Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) celebrated a major milestone today, announcing Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd as the successful Design Development and Construction Contractor for its $110 million upgrade to Port Drive and local port roads.
PBPL CEO, Roy Cummins, said the selection of Seymour Whyte signalled a major step forward in what is a significant infrastructure investment by the Port of Brisbane.
This will also deliver significant benefits for the port and local community who use port roads, including:
Safer and more direct access to the Whyte Island boat ramp
A separated cycle path from the existing Port of Brisbane Motorway cycle path through to Port Gate
Improved access to the Moreton Island ferry terminal.
In 2014/15 more than $50 billion in trade was handled through the Port, comprising 50 per cent of Queensland’s international containerised trade.
Since privatisation in 2010 PBPL has invested, on average, $70 million annually in port infrastructure projects with approximately $550 million forecast for future port improvement works over the next five years.
The Port Drive Upgrade project involves the duplication of Port Drive, including a concrete separation barrier for the full length of the road for additional safety, the construction of a four-lane overpass over the Port Drive/Kite Street intersection and improvements to the Tanker Street/Osprey Drive road networks, as well as the duplication of the Lucinda Drive Bridge on Fisherman Islands.
The design also incorporates a separated path from Pritchard Street to Port Gate which can be used by cyclists, delivering a safer outcome by extending the off-road pathway available to them from the Port of Brisbane Motorway.
Port of Brisbane will work with Seymour Whyte to finalise the road design and improvement works and the final programme of works.
Early works are expected to begin in July with construction anticipated to commence in September and be completed in May 2018.