SMEC has been appointed as the Independent Verifier (IV) for the design and construction of the project.
This project continues SMEC’s strong track record of providing quality IV services for signature Brisbane City Council projects, which has included Legacy Way and Clem 7 tunnels.
Mark Reynolds, SMEC’s IV Representative said, “SMEC has assembled a very experienced verification team for the Kingsford Smith Drive Project. We are looking forward to working with Brisbane City Council and Lend Lease for the successful delivery of this important and exciting project”.
Paul Fitzpatrick, Principal Communications Officer from Brisbane City Council said, “The upgrade will reduce traffic congestion along one of Brisbane’s busiest corridors and improve safety, local amenity and access for all road users, including cyclists, pedestrians and public transport users. It will also create an entry statement to Brisbane, transforming one of the city’s most significant routes into a vibrant urban corridor with the Brisbane River as the centrepiece”.
The A$650M Kingsford Smith Drive is a major gateway to the Central Business District in Brisbane. The upgrade will deliver significant transport, environmental and economic objectives for the city.
The project commenced in January 2016, and is due for completion in mid-2019. The Kingsford Smith Drive Upgrade will involve widening the road from four to six lanes between Theodore Street at Eagle Farm and Cooksley Street at Hamilton. It will also include improvement works between Cooksley Street and Breakfast Creek Road at Albion.
In addition to providing increased road capacity to accommodate future traffic volumes, the upgrade will also deliver significantly improved pedestrian and cycle facilities for both existing residents and the developing Northshore precinct.
The project also delivers upgraded public transport facilities with indented bus stops that cater for future increases in bus services along the corridor and reduce delays.
Kingsford Smith Drive is a major road linking Brisbane CBD to the Brisbane Airport, Port of Brisbane, Northshore Hamilton and the Australia TradeCoast area. It provides a strategic link between major urban, trade and tourism centres, as well as providing one of the first snapshots of Brisbane.
The upgrade of Kingsford Smith Drive provides a significant opportunity to increase and enhance interaction with the Brisbane River and create a lasting piece of infrastructure that contributes to Brisbane's urban landscape.
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