The Queensland Government has announced a notoriously busy intersection in Bundall will finally be getting a desperately needed upgrade.
In an Australian-first, the intersection at Bundall Road and Salerno Street will allow right-turning traffic and through-traffic to move through the intersection at the same time.
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the upgrade was called a continuous flow intersection.
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“The Southport-Burleigh Road (Bundall Road) and Salerno Street intersection is one of the Gold Coast’s most congested intersections,” Mr Bailey said.
“This upgrade will increase the number of vehicles that can make it through the intersection in a single signal cycle and ensure the intersection flows more freely.
“This innovative project is designed to tackle congestion and deliver the most cost effective solution for Gold Coast motorists.”
In a bid to help locals understand what the finished project will look like, the government has the first information campaign which includes an instructional video.
“Traditional intersections have right-turning traffic in the middle of the road – through-traffic moving in the opposite direction must wait for those vehicles to turn and the light to turn green,” Mr Bailey said.
“The continuous flow intersection shifts right-turning traffic to the outside edges of the road, allowing through-traffic and turning traffic to move simultaneously.
“It will allow a northbound right-turn from Southport-Burleigh Road (Bundall Road) into Salerno Street.”
Mr Bailey said the launch of the video on how to navigate the new intersection would be the first step in a significant education campaign for motorists.
“Being the first intersection of its kind in the country, we need to ensure as many motorists as possible are familiar with the intersection layout at the end of construction, as well as how to navigate it,” he said.
“We encourage everyone to head to the Transport and Main Roads website to view the video so they can have any enquiries answered before works begin.”
The project is part of the state’s $160 million Commonwealth Games roads package and is expected to start in October and finish mid-next year.