THE reduced speed limit for motorists travelling south through roadworks on the Pacific Motorway at Coomera will return to 110 kilometres per hour this week.
Queensland Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said all work close to the motorway on the eastern side of the $74.7 million upgrade had finished.
“This is great news for motorists as we can now remove the road work speed limit and reinstate 110km/h for the southbound lanes,” Mr Bailey said.
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The northbound speed limit will remain at 80km/h until the end of the year, with extensive construction work still ongoing at both the northbound on and off-ramps.
Meanwhile, construction is set to start next week on Whitewater Way and Dreamworld Parkway roundabout on the eastern side of the interchange.
Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen said a left-turn slip lane would be installed for motorists heading to Dreamworld.
“We’ll be increasing capacity through the roundabout by building a dedicated left-turn slip lane to Dreamworld, separating that traffic from the roundabout traffic,” Mr van Manen said.
“This will also improve access to the roundabout with one right-turn only lane and the other giving the option to go through or turn right.
“The new layout will use both sides of the centre median to create a wider footprint, meaning a section of Whitewater Way will be reduced to one lane day and night until November.”
The State Government has contributed $47.4 million towards the upgrade, with the Australian Government funding $10 million and developers contributing $17.3 million.
Federal Member for Fadden Stuart Robert thanked motorists for their patience while the works were carried out.
‘The completion of the Exit 54 upgrade will mean shorter travel times for local families, particularly on the school run,” Mr Robert said.
“I’m also looking forward to the Coomera Town Centre becoming the latest addition to our northern Gold Coast community.”
For more information, and to subscribe to the free SMS and email traffic alert systems for the Pacific Motorway Coomera Interchange (Exit 54) upgrade, visit the project page at www.tmr.qld.gov.au.