Kingsford Smith Drive ready for traffic

After five years of construction RACQ has welcomed news the $650 million Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade was complete and urged motorists to take advantage of the time-saving upgrade.

The Courier Mail reported speeds along the busy section of road would jump to 60 kilometres per hour (km/h) from 40km/h from Tuesday.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said Kingsford Smith Drive, which linked the City to Brisbane Airport, Hamilton and the Gateway Motorway, now had an additional two lanes.

“The upgrade has also delivered seven kilometres of new pedestrian and cycle paths, 11 upgraded bus stops and 10 intersection modifications,” Dr Michael said.

“This is one of Brisbane’s busiest corridors and tens of thousands of motorists every day will be notice a time saving.

“It’s been a long process to get to this point, but the benefits of this project will last for years to come.”

Dr Michael commended Brisbane City Council for delivering the project under the $650 million dollar price tag.

“It’s only fair those savings be delivered back to locals so we’re pleased Council will be passing on $30 in rates rebates,” she said.

“It’s been a tough year for everybody and any financial relief will help the family budget.”