Oct 26, 2012

Pacific Motorway: Robina Interchange Upgrade Completed

Another stage in the multimillion dollar project designed to improve safety and ease congestion along the Pacific Motorway – the Robina Interchange Upgrade – has been completed on time and under budget.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson said the upgrade replaced the roundabouts previously located at both ends of the overpass bridge with synchronised traffic lights as well as lengthened and widened the interchange’s on/off ramps.

“Used by some 90,000 vehicles a day, these changes to what is one of the State’s busiest intersections will improve traffic flows along the Motorway, with motorists and truck drivers to benefit from faster, less frustrating driving conditions,” said Mr Albanese.

“Importantly, this is just one of many Federally-funded projects being rolled out across Australia’s fastest growing region.  Indeed, the Federal Labor Government is currently investing an unprecedented $6.1 billion in South East Queensland’s road and public transport infrastructure, which is more than what our predecessors spent across the entire State over a similar period of time.

The Pacific Motorway Upgrade will cost $910 million and is split 50-50 by the Federal and Queensland Governments.  It consists of eight separate projects, five of which are now completed.

Mr Emerson said the South East Corner remains the nation’s fastest growing region, a reality which underscores the need for continued investment in modern, well-planned infrastructure.

“The changes we’ve made to the Robina Interchange is reducing queuing and improving access to the M1, complementing the work that’s already been completed on the Motorway’s other major interchanges at Varsity Lakes, Mudgeeraba, Nerang and Coomera” said Mr Emerson.

“In its entirety, the upgrade of the Pacific Motorway is all about eliminating choke-points, easing congestion, improving safety, and ultimately, keeping people and freight moving.”

Work is continuing on widening the Motorway to six lanes between Springwood South and Daisy Hill as well as between Nerang to Worongary.