Construction underway on one of Pacific Motorway's busiest on-ramps

If you are a fleet manager operating in the state of Queensland, you may be interested to know that construction is now underway on the Pacific Motorway Gateway Motorway South project.

The start of works ceremony for the project was officially held on November 12, where federal member for Moreton Graham Perrett was on hand to explain the value of the upgrades.

"At the moment the Gateway Motorway southbound merge with the Pacific Motorway is a dangerous bottleneck with a high crash rate," said Mr Perrett.

"The Gateway Motorway South project is expected to increase road safety and reduce crash rates by giving motorists more time to merge, improving the road alignment and bringing it in line with current motorway design standards."

Mr Perrett noted that the on-ramp - considered one of the busiest in Brisbane - had cost the state an estimated $3.5 million in damages between January 2004 and December 2008.

"This figure is unacceptably high," said Mr Perrett.

The works will be funded through both the Queensland and federal Labor governments as part of the Nation Building Program, with each contributing $70 million towards the total $140 million budget.

According to Mr Perrett, the project will help reduce congestion and improve efficiency of traffic flow for all users of the Pacific Motorway, which is good news for any organisation operating in the region which is hoping to see a reduction in fleet fuel consumption.

The project is part of a series of ongoing upgrades to the Pacific Motorway which have been announced in recent months.

In October, state minister for transport and main roads Scott Emerson unveiled plans to convert two underutilized T2 lanes in one of the motorway's busiest stretches into general traffic lanes.

The $5 million dollar initiative was forecast to save Queensland upwards of $95 million in expenses while also allowing for a near 50 per cent improvement in general traffic capacity