Gold Coast Mayor hints more could be spent on tackling congestion

Mayor Tom Tate has responded to complaints about all of the roadworks happening across the Gold Coast at the moment.

He has indicated more funding may be included in the 2016-17 budget to tackle congestion.

The current City budget is spending about $75 million on road upgrades with Mayor Tate bidding for $90million in 2016-17. The budget will be delivered in late June.


“There’s a lot going on across the city right now and I share the frustration of motorists,” he said.

“It’s important drivers understand that we always liaise with the State Government when the State, and Council, is undertaking road upgrades in the same area. That makes sense and we do that every time.

“Right now, our city is experiencing growing pains as we get ready for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. I urge motorists to be patient and to know that we are doing everything we can to minimise disruptions.”

Mayor Tate said Council had even constructed temporary road surfaces on private property to alleviate congestion at some construction sites.

“The Scottsdale roadworks at Robina have included a temporary road across private land to help motorists avoid the actual roundabout upgrade, so we are doing our best,” he said.

“We are also ensuring that traffic light synchronisation is operating on every intersection it can right now. We have dedicated City staff in the State Traffic Management Centre and they work hand-in-glove with State officials to adjust traffic lights to suit current conditions.

“Ideally, we want to see a ‘green wave’ where motorists get a good run through a series of lights rather than stop-starting. However in an urban road network we have to share the green time around to all legs of intersections, so a “green wave” that benefits one road only is not always the best answer.

“If any motorist sees lights that aren’t changing with the flow, they can report that through the Gold Coast City APP and we will get on to it straight away.”