Alternative to Bruce Highway mapped out in Brisbane’s north
The Queensland Government has cleared routes for the middle two sections of a 60km western alternative to the often stalled Bruce Highway north of Brisbane.
Residents have long questioned the government and Moreton Bay Regional Council over their plan to combat heavy congestion in an area expected to grow by 600,000 people in 40 years.
The western alternative will head northwest from north Brisbane near Bald Hills to Steve Irwin Way in Beerburrum and be built in four phases.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey said on Thursday he had asked his department to provide the “preferred route” for the second leg between Rocksberg, near the Caboolture River, and Browns Road near Narangba, west of Morayfield.
The preferred route for the 10-mile stage two between the Caboolture River and Narangba includes:
- An overpass over Moorina Road
- An overpass of Forest Hills Drive
- An overpass from Raynbird Road and from Browns Creek
- A link to Narangba, north of Lake Kurwongbah
The department’s website says the preferred route allows for future connections to Forest Hills Drive and Raynbird Road, which connect the existing communities of Morayfield, Burpengary and Narangba, as well as the emerging communities of Pine Valley and Morayfield South.
“I recognize that this is a difficult time for those directly affected by it,” Bailey said.