Smith Street Motorway upgrade underway

THE Gold Coast’s Smith Street Motorway will receive additional lanes and new bike paths as the third and final stage of the $119 million road upgrade for the Health and Knowledge Precinct in Parkwood gets underway.

More than $57 million in State Government funding has been allocated to upgrade Smith Street and a section of Olsen Avenue between the interchange and Crestwood Drive.

The biggest aspect of the project will be the interchange upgrade that will include a free-flowing loop from Olsen Avenue onto Smith Street, meaning motorists travelling southbound from Olsen Avenue toward the M1 will no longer have to stop at traffic signals.


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Member for Southport Rob Molhoek said works have started with more than 100 construction workers expected on site.

“Each day more than 100,000 motorists, cyclists and pedestrians use these key routes and they will enjoy the benefits of increased safety and reduced congestion,” Mr Molhoek said.

“Additional lanes on the Smith Street Motorway and Olsen Avenue will be built within the existing road formation.

“New bike paths will benefit cyclists while road resurfacing will improve durability and provide a smoother surface.”

The Smith Street Motorway will at times be reduced to between 60km/h in both directions while work is underway, with narrower lanes and unfinished road surfaces.

For full details search Smith Street Motorway at www.tmr.qld.gov.au.