Queensland government to improve Pacific Motorway traffic flow

The Queensland government has announced that it will be investing $5 million into improving the traffic flow along one of the busiest sections of the 100km long Pacific Motorway.

That will be seen as good news for any Queensland-based fleet manager, as it could lead to a reduction in fuel consumption for any vehicle required to regularly traverse this stretch of road.

Several Queensland members have welcomed the announcement, noting that the Pacific Highway "looks like a car park" during peak hours.

The project will see two under-utilised T2 lanes - reserved for vehicles carrying at least two people - converted into general traffic lanes, which will also provide the additional space for an extra lane in each direction.

According to state minister for transport and main roads Scott Emerson, converting the lanes is a far more cost effective solution than the alternative, and could save the state upwards of $95 million while at the same time improving general traffic capacity by 50 per cent.

"Instead of simply building an additional lane in each direction, this design means we make better use of the space currently taken up by a single restriction lane by converting the T2 lane into two general traffic lanes," said Mr Emerson on October 18.

"We have come up with a simple, smart and cost-effective solution that addresses capacity issues by investing in existing infrastructure without spending exorbitant amounts of taxpayer money."

The Pacific Motorway is an important route for travellers in the Sunshine State, as it runs from Brisbane all the way down to the New South Wales border, where it becomes the Tugun Bypass.

The Transit lanes to be converted run between the Klumpp Road Interchange near Upper Mount Gravatt, and Exit 16 near the Gateway Motorway in East Brisbane.