The State Government are staying tight lipped about the completion date for the Coomera Connector, as locals and businesses cop the worst of the delays.
Minister for Main Roads and Transport Mark Bailey wouldn’t reveal when the project will be finished but work on the maligned road is happening now.
“We’ve gazetted two new sections, we’re now gazetting the last section,” he told MyGC.
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“That involves negotiations with property owners and that sort of thing, that’s out priority now, it’s a fair process – it’s not one we can ignore.”
The Coomera Connector has been designed as a saviour for traffic on the Northern Gold Coast, with a 6-lane road expected to include enough room for public transport, walking and cycling.
The corridor extends for 36.5 kilometres between Stapylton-Jacobs Well Road at Staplyton and Nerang-Broadbeach Road in Nerang.
There’s also a possibility the road will be extended to connect with the Logan Motorway.
The Palaszczuk Governemnt are quick to blame the Newman Government for the delays, saying the former Government stopped works on the road for three years.
The Gold Coast City Council wants the State Government to speed up the build as local businesses are suffering.
Gold Coasters are losing time and money due to the delays, and Acting Mayor Donna Gates said it’s not fair we’re being kept in the dark about the completion date.
“I have no update, I have no update whatsoever,” she said.
“They need to get moving on that as it will be a long time before it gets delivered.”
Council have asked the State to consider asking the Federal Government to help alleviate some of the costs and Minister Bailey said they are considering this.
“We’ve certainly got a lot of money coming into the M1, we’ve got two under construction right now with two more to follow that are fully funded,” he said.
“If the Federal Government wants to invest more money in the M1, we wouldn’t say no.”