WORK will begin on upgrading the notorious M1 interchange at Oxenford before the end of the year, it has been revealed.
The State Government unveiled its initial design for the new look, $25 million upgrade of Exit 57 on Wednesday.
Additional turning lanes will be added to both south and northbound exits for motorists turning onto Tamborine-Oxenford and Hope Island roads in a bid to ease congestion, reduce ramping, and improve travel flow.
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Motorists will, however, be unable to turn right onto the motorway from the Old Pacific Highway in Oxenford, with the right turning lanes set to be removed.
Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said construction will start on upgrading the ‘busy and complex’ interchange by the end of the year.
“The design give motorists and residents their first opportunity to get a sense of what the upgrade of Exit 57 might look like and how it could operate,” Ms Scanlon said.
“With its proximity to shopping, services and the Gold Coast’s fastest growing residential areas, Exit 57 at Oxenford is a complex and busy interchange.
“High volumes of east and westbound traffic have been given careful consideration in the initial design plan, as has improving traffic flow and of course road safety.”
Ms Scanlon said early estimates suggested the project will support an average of 75 direct jobs.
Solar panels at the interchange will be removed temporarily to give workers access to the construction site but will be returned once construction of the upgrade is completed.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the tender to deliver a detailed, preferred design had been awarded to GHD.
‘‘Exit 57’s final design, with others including Yatala, Ormeau and Pimpama, is crucial to reducing congestion and improving the safety and efficiency of the M1,” Mr Bailey said.
As the detailed design progresses, specific project inclusions will be decided based on their potential to increase capacity and safety.
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