brisbane

The Port of Brisbane motorway (PoBM) was upgraded and extended under the Port of Brisbane motorway upgrade project or the port connect project. The newly extended motorway was opened to public in February 2013.

The $385m project was undertaken by the Queensland Government’s department of transport and main roads (DTMR). The project was funded by the Queensland’s State Government.

"Initial construction works on the upgrade began in February 2011 and the major construction works commenced in April 2011."

Initial construction works on the upgrade began in February 2011 and the major construction works commenced in April 2011.

Purpose and benefits of the port connect project

The motorway is used to transport freight from the port by heavy vehicles. The increasing freight movements led to congestion causing unreliability for the road users and necessitated extension and upgrade of the motorway.

The new upgraded and extended motorway has reduced congestion and journey times for the local people. It has improved safety, reliability, capacity and increased economic benefits for the Brisbane region. It has also improved connection for commercial vehicles between the Australia TradeCoast and the Port of Brisbane.

Port of Brisbane motorway (PoBM) details

Originally opened in December 2002, the PoBM connects the Port of Brisbane (PoB) to the Gateway Motorway via Lindum Road, Lytton Road and Pritchard Street.

The Port of Brisbane is the third largest port in Australia and the largest general cargo port in Queensland.

The motorway carried about 18,000 vehicles per day in 2009. It is expected to handle 31,000 vehicles and 53million tonnes of cargo daily by 2026.

Port of Brisbane motorway upgrade project details

The Port of Brisbane motorway upgrade involved the duplication of two existing lines and addition of a new 3km-long section extending the motorway length to 9.6km.

A new grade-separated interchange was constructed at Pritchard Street, which includes an overpass between Lytton Road and Export Street. Six bridges were also built using driven-pile foundation techniques. A flora and fauna passage referred to as Green Bridge was built under the motorway.

New traffic lighting was installed at Gosport Street, Lytton Road, Luke Street, Lytton Road intersections to increase the safety and efficiency for the motorway users.

The port connect project also included construction of a new access road to service local businesses and ENERGEX substation. The Radar Street located at Lytton Road is being used to service the port west development.

The upgraded motorway features turning lanes, cyclist lanes and walking space for pedestrians.

Contractors involved with the port connect project

"A team led by Parsons Brinckerhoff managed the environmental approvals report (EAR) for the project."

A team led by Parsons Brinckerhoff managed the environmental approvals report (EAR) for the project.

GHD served as a consultant, while Port of Brisbane (PBPL) provided maintenance and upgrade services for the project.

A joint venture between BMD Construction and Seymour Whyte received a $250m contract from the DTMR in December 2010 to provide design and construction services for the Port Connect project.

Manidis Roberts provided communication services, including stakeholder liaison and management as well as community consultation and engagement.

Menard-Bachy constructed the controlled modulus columns (CMC) as part of ground improvement scheme.

Reinforced Earth (RECO) was contracted by the BMD-Seymour joint venture to supply the TerraPlus® Reinforced Earth® concrete faced wall. Construction of the Reinforced Earth® walls commenced in April 2012 and was completed in June 2012.