Local motorists have been given their first look at the planned upgrades to two notoriously busy Pacific Motorway interchanges on the northern Gold Coast.
Construction on the upgrades to Exit 41 and Exit 49 at Yatala South and Pimpama are expected to begin later this year, after the Federal Government provided an additional $46.3 million to fast track the works.
The new designs, unveiled today, show the upgrade will include new bridges with extra eastbound and westbound lanes.
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The plans also show improved feeder roads, wider on and off ramps, signalised intersections and shared paths.
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure, Alan Tudge said the works would dramatically improve road safety and bust congestion.
“These interchange upgrades will mean faster travel from east to west and better protect motorists by slashing the queues on the hard shoulder of the M1,” Mr Tudge said.
According to Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey, the $192.6 million project is absolutely necessary with forecast growth in the city’s northern corridor.
“These new upgrades will make sure that truckies, tradies and families can spend less time getting on and off the M1 Pacific Motorway, and more time doing the important things,” Mr Bailey said.
Community consultation is expected to be held in the near future, where locals will be invited to have their say on the concepts.
“Our community wants action on transport and roads. That’s why it’s great to see action on these upgrades,” Ms Scanlon said.