The Port of Brisbane is the third largest port in Australia. It is the number one port in the country for cotton and beef exports, and handles one million containers and more than $30 billion worth of trade per year. By 2026 it is anticipated this will have grown to three million containers and more $50 billion worth of trade per year.
Rapid growth at the port is putting significant pressure on road access. Due to its location at the end of a peninsula the port has only one road in and out, which carries 17,000 vehicles per day. By 2026 this will have almost doubled to 31,000 per day.
In order to support future growth at the Port of Brisbane road access needs to be improved. The existing Port of Brisbane Motorway only takes vehicles one third of the distance from the Gateway Motorway to the port. The Port of Brisbane Motorway upgrade will provide a 3km extension to the motorway, eliminating a dangerous corner and a number of intersections.