Kingsford Smith Drive Officially Opens, Tax Rebates Expected in 2021

Kingsford Smith Drive
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The five-year Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade in Hamilton and Albion is finally done following the official reopening of the busy arterial road on Tuesday, the 27th of Oct 2020. 

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner and Councillor David McLachlan celebrated the upgrade’s completion with the installation of the speed limit sign from 40km/h to 60km/h for over 70,000 vehicles travelling through this road.

Photo Credit: Team Schrinner

Mr Schrinner also announced that the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade’s completion was under budget for $15 million. As a result, ratepayers will receive a $30 rebate beginning 1 Jan 2021. 

“Kingsford Smith Drive is officially complete and delivered under budget, with Brisbane ratepayers to pocket $15 million in savings from this transformational road project – that’s a rates rebate of almost $30 for all Brisbane ratepayers this January which will see the average residential rates bill go down for the first time in living memory,” Team Schrinner stated on Facebook.

Dubbed the “largest and most complex road projects” of the Brisbane City Council, the upgrade will deliver the following benefits:

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  • 33% increase in traffic carrying capacity
  • 5,000 jobs supported
  • New Lores Bonney Riverwalk
  • 7km of new & improved paths
  • 8 intersections upgraded to improve safety
  • Upgraded public parks & spaces
  • 134,000 plants & trees put in
  • Indented bus stop bays to improve traffic flow

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This is welcome news for many residents and business owners in Hamilton who were severely impacted by the road closures. Originally aimed for a 2019 opening, geotechnical and engineering issues delayed the completion of the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrades for nearly a year.