Jun 7, 2011

Pacific Motorway upgrade rolls onto Robina

Pacific Motorway upgrade rolls onto Robina

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

7 June 2011

The vision of a better, safer and less congested Pacific Motorway is beginning to take shape with construction work starting this week on the Robina Interchange (Exit 82) upgrade.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the $60 million project will replace the existing roundabouts at both ends of the overpass bridge with traffic lights, with work expected to be completed in late 2012.

“The upgrade will improve traffic flow through the interchange as well as along the Motorway itself, resulting in faster, 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 building the modern, well planned road network which will help prevent South East Queensland – the fastest growing region in the fastest growing state – becoming gridlocked.

“All up, the Gillard Labor Government is investing a record $5.7 billion over seven years to renew and expand the region’s transport infrastructure. That’s significantly more than what the former Howard Government spent across the entire State of Queensland over a similar period of time.”

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

“The upgrade will reduce queuing at the Robina Interchange and improve access to the Motorway for merging traffic,” said Mr Wallace.

“Importantly, the investment we’re making in the Pacific Motorway is just one part of our ongoing efforts to build the infrastructure needed to support the rapid growth being experienced south of Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.”

The start work on the Robina Interchange is another major milestone in the delivery of the $910 million Pacific Motorway Upgrade being jointly funded by the Gillard and Bligh Labor governments. Already four of the seven projects commissioned as part of this extensive capital works program have been completed.

More information about these projects can be obtained by calling 5596 9500 or visiting: www.tmr.qld.gov.au.