Driving past yet another “roadworks ahead” sign on the weekend, one of our team commented on how “messy” Brisbane looks at the moment. Our inner city is littered with orange barriers and yellow-vested-hardhat-wearing lollipop people, the road networks about to be put to the test as school goes back. The great news for property owners and all inner city residents, is the picture you need to paint of Brisbane at the end of 2009.
While it’s officially still touted for next year there’s hope “Clem 7” will wrap up in late 2009 (that’s this year remember!) The largest infrastructure project ever undertaken in Brisbane this $2.2billion tunnel will link the Gabba and Bowen Hills under the river. Our guess is Brisbanites still haven’t got our heads around the changes it will bring to the accessibility of inner Brisbane. And there’s more to come this year. The Northern Busway’s first stage will be completed, a $200million link from Herston’s Royal Brisbane Hospital to Windsor (with later stages through to Kedron). 2009 will also see an end to much of the construction site that is Buranda. After years of construction, firstly of the Princess Alexandra Hospital and more recently the Clem 7 access points, the concrete dust should settle by year’s end. The new Boggo Road Busway will this year have 13,000 passengers running daily from St Lucia’s Queensland Uni, across the new bridge, down to the PA Hospital and over to link with the South East Busway.
In the city itself the Kurilpa Bridge will link North Quay and South Brisbane for cyclists and pedstrians from September, and the reconstruction of King George Square will wrap up mid year. These are all highly visible projects that do “mess up” the place, but by year’s end we’ll be enjoying a more livable city. With the new Gold Coast desalination plant being commissioned this month (a $1.2billion operation to add 125 million litres of water each day to South East Queensland’s supply) residents and property owners might well look back on 2009 as the “year of infrastructure”, with significant steps forward for Brisbane.
Sounds like a great time to hold an election doesn’t it?!