Apr 13, 2011

Pacific Motorway upgrade moves on to Robina

Pacific Motorway upgrade moves on to Robina

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Federal Member for Grayndler

April 13 2011

Probuild Civil (Qld) Pty Ltd, a company with expertise in delivering major road projects, has been selected for the job of building a safer, less congested Robina Interchange (Exit 82), clearing the way for work to begin in coming months.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the awarding of this $60 million contract marked the next stage in the $910 million upgrade of the Pacific Motorway being jointly funded by the Gillard and Bligh Labor governments.

“The project will not only improve the flow of traffic through the interchange but also along the Motorway itself, a result which will deliver faster, safer and less frustrating driving conditions for the 40,000 motorists which use this intersection every day,” said Mr Albanese.

“In partnership with the Bligh Labor Government we’re putting in place the modern, well planned 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 road and rail infrastructure – significantly more than what the former Howard Government spent across the entire State over a similar period of time.”

To improve safety and traffic flows, the project will extend and improve the interchange’s on and off ramps as well as replace the existing roundabouts with traffic lights.

Queensland Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said as well as the long term benefits for motorists, this multimillion dollar project will directly and indirectly create up to 312 jobs during construction.

“So as to minimise disruptions for motorists, work on the Robina Interchange will start soon after the upgrades to interchanges at Varsity Lakes and Mudgeeraba have been completed,” said Mr Wallace.

“However, once these projects are out of the way – a milestone expected to be reached within the coming fortnight – the Robina upgrade will be able to progress quickly as all the necessary pre-construction activities have been done including the relocation of water and electricity utilities.”

More information about this and the other projects now underway across the Gold Coast can be obtained by calling (07) 5596 9500 or visiting www.tmr.qld.gov.au.