Construction is set to begin on the Coomera Interchange Exit 54 on the Pacific Motorway, with Seymour Whyte awarded the contract.
Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the $74.7 million project on the Gold Coast would help reduce congestion through the busy interchange and create 163 jobs.
“The widening of the off-ramp in both directions is expected to be completed in time for the opening of Scentre Group’s new Coomera Town Centre,” he said.
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“Work on the Exit 54 upgrade is expected to begin on Sunday, with the building of a new bridge likely to be completed next year.
“It demonstrates the Australian and Queensland governments’ commitment to delivering enhanced transport infrastructure that will serve the Gold Coast for decades to come.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the upgrade would ease the pressure of rapid residential and commercial growth along the motorway.
“In the past 10 years, the area’s rapid growth has led to the current interchange reaching capacity,” he said.
“This upgrade will improve pedestrian and cycle safety, reduce the number of rear-end crashes at the end of the exit ramps and provide better access to the new Coomera Town Centre.”
Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen said a new bridge will be built to the north of the existing bridge over the Pacific Motorway for eastbound traffic.
“Both existing roundabouts will also be upgraded to signalised intersections to reduce the risk of queuing on the motorway ramps,” he said.
Federal Member for Fadden Stuart Robert said the upgrade will benefit local residents.
“This project means Coomera’s huge population growth will be matched with better infrastructure and more local jobs,” he said.
The upgrade project is jointly funded with $47.4 million from the Queensland Government, $10 million from the Australian Government and $17.3 million from Scentre Group.