Apr 19, 2011

More motorway milestones

More motorway milestones

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Federal Member for Grayndler

April 19 2011

The vision of a better, safer and less congested Pacific Motorway is beginning to take shape following the commissioning of two more newly upgraded interchanges, one at Mudgeeraba and the other at Varsity Lakes.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese today joined Queensland Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace to mark completion of the $47 million upgrade of the Mudgeeraba Interchange (Exit 79) and the $80 million upgrade of the Varsity Lakes Interchange (Exits 84 & 85).

“The extensive work that’s been done on these interchanges will not only improve the flow of traffic through them but also along the Motorway itself, providing all motorists with smoother, less frustrating driving conditions,” said Mr Albanese.

“In partnership with the Bligh Labor Government we’re putting in place the modern, well planned road infrastructure which will help prevent South East Queensland – the fastest growing region in the fastest growing state – becoming gridlocked.

“Indeed we’re currently investing a record $5.6 billion over six years in the region’s infrastructure – far more than what the former Howard Government spent across the entire State over a similar period of time.”

Funded on a 50-50 basis by the Gillard and Bligh Labor governments, the $910 million upgrade of the Pacific Motorway comprises six projects, four of which are now completed.

Mr Wallace said the upgrade would improve safety and traffic flow for the 90,000 vehicles a day which pass through the Varsity Lakes Interchange and the more than 80,000 vehicles a day which use the Mudgeeraba Interchange.

“The upgrade will keep people moving through these former choke-points and help get commuters and freight vehicles to their destination faster,” said Mr Wallace.

“These interchanges are tangible milestones in delivering the full upgrade of the Motorway and we are pushing on with work to meeting the needs of the region into the future.”

With the completion of the upgrades at Varsity Lakes and Mudgeeraba work on the Robina Interchange will soon get underway. This sequencing of projects has helped to minimise construction-related delays for Motorway users.

More information about the projects underway on the Gold Coast can be obtained by calling (07) 5596 9500 or logging onto www.tmr.qld.gov.au.

Pacific Motorway Upgrade

As well as the two projects commissioned today, there’s also the $45 million Nerang South Interchange Upgrade (completed); the $19 million Coomera Interchange Upgrade (completed); the $60 million Robina Interchange Upgrade (starting shortly); and the $158 million widening of the Motorway to six lanes between Nerang – Exit 73 – and Worongary – Exit 77 (underway).

Varsity Lakes Interchange

The upgrade involved:

  • Removal of the roundabouts and upgrading both intersections to traffic signals;
  • Provision of a new southbound exit ramp to Reedy Creek Road;
  • Provision of an additional traffic lane in each direction at the southern end of Scottsdale Drive;
  • Improving access for businesses in Crown Court and provision of an alternative access for businesses on Scottsdale Drive;
  • Improving access to Varsity Lakes rail station; and
  • Improving pedestrian and cycle facilities across the Motorway.

The benefits of the project include:

  • Improved capacity and safety for road users;
  • Improved pedestrian and cycle facilities;
  • Reduced congestion through this section of the Motorway;
  • Improved access to and from Robina Town Centre; and
  • Addressing the needs of the broader road network.

Jobs supported during construction (direct and indirect): 183

Mudgeeraba Interchange

The upgrade involved:

  • Duplication of the overpass bridge to allow for six lanes across the motorway;
  • Provision for pedestrians and cyclists across the new overpass;
  • Installation of a signalised intersection at the northbound exit ramp junction with Mudgeeraba Road; and
  • Installation of signalised intersections between the southbound exit ramp and Highfield Drive and between the southbound entry ramp and Glades Drive.

The benefits of the project include:

  • Improved capacity and safety for road users;
  • Reduced congestion through this section of the Motorway;
  • Improved pedestrian and cycle facilities;
  • Improved connectivity for communities to the west of the Motorway with schools, shops and offices to the east of the Motorway; and
  • Addressing the needs of the broader road network.

Jobs supported during construction (direct and indirect): 240