ONE of the Gold Coast’s busiest intersections will be getting a major face-lift.
The state and federal government’s have confirmed shovels will hit the ground for the $10.7 million Harbour Town intersection upgrade next month, also providing 34 jobs for the city.
The intersection takes in the Brisbane Road and Gold Coast Highway, Oxley Drive and Hope Island Road and Olsen Avenue and Labrador-Carrara Road.
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Works will include adding right-turn lanes on both directions of Brisbane Road and longer right-turn lanes on all four directions of the intersection.
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the upgrade would ease congestion and mean a safer trip for thousands of motorists.
“It’s part of our Urban Congestion Fund and Gold Coast drivers will soon be reaping the benefits of this targeted investment,” Mr Tudge said.
“It also means local jobs and money into the Queensland economy, which is needed now more than ever.”
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the upgrade would tackle congestion, improve safety for thousands of drivers using the intersection every day and provide a much-needed shot in the arm for local construction jobs.
“Across the globe, economies including Queensland’s have felt the brunt of COVID-19 but because we’re managing those health impacts, we’re able to continue rolling out a record $23 billion pipeline of transport and road upgrades to create jobs throughout Queensland and on the coast.
While local federal member for Fadden, Stuart Robert, said the upgrade would also be a benefit to cyclists and pedestrians.
“When works are complete, new pedestrian fences will provide greater safety for the general public and additional cycle lanes will connect to local roads through the intersection,” Mr Robert said.
“The local community will receive a project flyer in the coming days and further community consultation will be undertaken as the project progresses.”