80 years on, the Main Roads Department had evolved into a road system manager with its eye on coordinated integrated transport services.
Queensland's population had increased by 1.5m people between 1976 and 2000 and by 2002 Main Roads was responsible for 33,500 kilometres of state-controlled roads. The state had more than 2.3m registered vehicles. By the end of the decade, there were over 4.08m registered vehicles.
Main Roads continued to adopt practices for developing infrastructure that was socially, environmentally and economically sustainable and adopted elements of sustainability reporting recommended by the United Nations Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
A new road network strategy was introduced during 2001–2002 – Roads Connecting Queenslanders – a 20-year view of the Queensland road network, what infrastructure and systems will be needed in two decades, and when should they be delivered.
A portfolio-wide strategy on intelligent transport systems was developed for the Pacific Highway which included detector loops for freeway monitoring, closed-circuit television surveillance, variable message signs and fibre optic communications.
Automated road flood warning system was developed which aimed to give district officers and the motoring public more notice and information of emergency responses and road closures.
Fibre optic cabling linked Main Roads' Brisbane traffic management centre with Queensland police Roma Street communication centre and Queensland Transport Busway operating centre. This allowed operators to share close-circuit television images and data.
The Brisbane Metropolitan Transport Management Centre officially opened in May 2007 which provides real-time traffic information via the traffic report hotline 13 19 40.
Road building is one source of employment in remote Indigenous communities and the department was committed to working with these communities to improve quality of life and self-sufficiency. In 2002 the department launched the Transport and Main Roads portfolio strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to formalise this relationship. The system supports the employment and training of staff from local communities and recognises and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.
2002 the Main Roads' commercial arm changed its name to RoadTek.
The Main Roads Department remained as a separate department until 2009 when once again Queensland Transport and Main Roads underwent machinery of Government process and on 26 March 2009 became the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).
Initiated work on the $1.88b Gateway Upgrade, at the time Queensland’s largest road and bridge project.
The go card was launched throughout Brisbane in February 2008. The system covered an area of 10,000 kilometres squared and was available on 2,200 buses; at 153 train stations, 24 ferry wharves and 19 light rail stops.
The $198m Northern Busway, Royal Children's Hospital to Windsor and new busway station at the Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital made catching the bus to the hospital more accessible and quicker.
Twenty-five additional rest areas for heavy vehicles to manage fatigue—$5m from red light and speed camera revenue was dedicated to heavy vehicle rest areas in 2009–2010.
The introduction of the Audio Tactile Line Markings (ATLM) was used as a road safety measure. The noise and vibration created when driven over by a vehicles tyre 'wake up' fatigued road users.
In 2009, Queensland celebrated its 150th anniversary, it was a timely reminder of the importance of transport in shaping our great state, past, present and future. The Q150 Bridge Naming Program highlights the special affinity Queenslanders have for those bridges that have played a critical part in connecting people and industry, building the state’s prosperity and connecting Queenslanders.