The major, multi-million dollar arterial road designed to enhance traffic flow and reduce travelling times for North Lakes residents and locals in surrounding areas was officially opened for use on Thursday afternoon, 11 August.
The $40 million North South Arterial Road, which stretches from Anzac Avenue to Boundary Road, will be launched at a special ceremony attended by Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland, local councillor Julie Greer and Stockland Regional Manager David Laner.
Mr Laner said the much-anticipated official opening of the five kilometre road, which had been completed in stages over six years, was exciting news for North Lakes residents and the wider community.
“The completion of the road represents a major milestone for North Lakes and the Moreton Bay region,’’ Mr Laner said. “It gives residents quick and easy access around North Lakes and to surrounding suburbs. It will also be beneficial for the many people who travel to our community for its exceptional facilities and services.”
Mr Laner said the North South Arterial Road was undertaken in stages to ensure that there was minimal interruption to traffic flow. “Early stages quickly helped improve traffic conditions around parts of North Lakes and now that the project is completed, the traffic conditions and travelling times will be even better,’’ he said.
Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said the North South Arterial Road was a welcome addition to the booming North Lakes community.
“Local residents have been eagerly awaiting the completion of this important transport route for some time,” Mayor Sutherland said.
“Over the past 13 years, North Lakes has transformed from 1,036 hectares of farmland into an exciting and sustainable satellite city and one of our region’s premier commercial and residential hubs.”
Mayor Sutherland said the road’s completion couldn’t come at a better time ‘with IKEA and the next stage of Westfield North Lakes both nearing completion’.
“It will also provide a better link for North Lakes residents wishing to park and ride at the nearby Mango Hill station once the much-anticipated Moreton Bay Rail Link opens,” he said.
More than 20,000 people currently live at North Lakes which is located in one of the fastest growing areas in Queensland. Most components of the masterplan have been delivered with North Lakes now a premier commercial, retail, residential, health, entertainment and recreational hub of the Moreton Bay region.
The North South Arterial Road is one of many important infrastructure projects Stockland has undertaken at the booming community which has $1.3 billion worth of retail, commercial and residential investment planned over the next decade.
Stockland teamed up with Moreton Bay Regional Council to deliver the $13 million dollar Plantation Road Bridge which crosses the Bruce Highway, connecting the west to all that North Lakes has to offer.
The bridge creates an entry point to North Lakes’ 85 hectare Business Park and Town Centre. The North Lakes Town Centre and Business Park are already home to Australia’s largest Bunnings, Queensland first’s Costco warehouse, a Westfield Shopping centre with Myer and more than 200 specialty stores and an Events Cinema.
North Lakes also boasts a $52 million innovative health medical precinct. Facilities include a 200-bed private hospital and specialist medical centre, three medical clinics, ancillary services and an oncology unit.
Mr Laner said it was important that North Lakes, which will eventually provide more than 13,000 jobs for the region, had exceptional infrastructure that would support the Moreton Bay Region’s growth now and into the future.
“North Lakes has grown dramatically over the last decade and our forecasts are showing just how much is still to come at the community and the incredible impact it will have on economic growth in Queensland.”
North Lakes was launched in 1999 with Stockland taking control of the community in 2004.