MOTORISTS are being reminded to plan their journeys in advance with a number of road works taking place across the Gold Coast this festive season.
The Queensland Government has released a list of planned roadworks set to be conducted across the state in the coming weeks.
On the Gold Coast, the M1/M3 Gateway merge project will remain at a reduced speed of 80 km/h this holiday season, whilst the Mudgeeraba (Exit 79) to Varsity Lakes (Exit 85) work site will remain at a reduced speed of 80 km/h through the work zone and 60km/h through the contraflow section of works.
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Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey is urging drivers to be prepared for the possibility of traffic inconveniences.
“Road works can be responsible for major delays for drivers at this time of year, so I encourage families to research and plan their routes accordingly,” Mr Bailey said.
“We all know Christmas travel can be stressful, but it’s important for motorists to exercise patience.
“Road works can add to festive frustrations, but it’s crucial drivers slow down, obey posted speed limits, or plan alternative routes if necessary.”
Mr Bailey said there are a number of tools motorists can use to ease some of the pressure this holiday season.
“QLD Traffic is an online source for state-wide traffic information, including closures, restrictions, real-time incidents and hazards,” Mr Bailey said.
“The Queensland Government also provides road region maps, which display rest areas, road surfaces and travelling times for motorists.
“Drivers are also encouraged to check QLD Traffic social media accounts for real-time updates on conditions across their region.”
Other planned roadworks across Queensland this Christmas include:
- Mount Lindesay Highway, between Allencreek Road and Gould Hill Road at Gleneagle, will have a reduced speed limit (note: region won’t know till Thu if limit 80km/h or 60km/h as depends on whether works finished)
- Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road (Luscombe Crescent to Dunns Road) 60km/h speed limit
- Ipswich Motorway, between Granard Road (Rocklea) and Oxley Road (Oxley), 80km/h speed limit
- Gateway Motorway North Upgrade project, 80km/h speed limit
- Logan Enhancement Project, 80km/h speed limit
- Oakey-Miles Road, between Brigalow and Chinchilla, 80km/h speed limit
- Dalby – Miles overtaking lane works (east of Warra and sites between Chinchilla and Miles), 80km/h speed limit
- Drillham-Dulacca (under traffic control until Friday), 80km/h with two lanes each way.
- Bruce Highway Upgrade, Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway, 80km/h speed limit
- Bruce Highway overtaking lanes (Bundaberg region), north of Apple Tree Creek, 80km/h speed limit
- Bruce Highway (Bororen to Tannum Sands safety project). Multiple sections between Bororen and Tannum Sands turnoff, 80km/h speed limit.
- Gladstone-Benaraby Road, one section south of Gladstone, 60km/h speed limit.
- Mackay Ring Road Project – Peak Downs Highway between Horse and Jockey Road and Sextons Road, 60km/h speed limit
- Eton Range realignment project – Peak Downs Highway at Eton Range, reduced speed limits, as signed, of 60km/h and 40km/h
- Flinders Highway, Townsville to Charters Towers, 80km/h speed limit through Mingela and Sellheim
- Flinders Highway, Townsville to Charters Towers, 80km/h speed limit between Reid River and Cardington Road
- Bruce Highway (Cairns Southern Access Corridor works), Kate Street to Aumuller Street, 60km/h speed limit