Work to install light rail track across Southport intersection starts tonight

MOTORISTS are being urged to steer clear of Olsen Avenue near the Gold Coast University Hospital this weekend to avoid delays while the track for Stage Two of the light rail is installed.

Crews will begin installing precast concrete track panels at the intersection of Olsen Avenue, Parklands Drive and Wintergreen Drive at 8pm tonight (Friday) and will work through until 5am on Monday.

GoldlinQ CEO Phil Mumford said access to the University Hospital would be maintained at all times, but lanes will be reduced on all three roads and detours will be in place. See the changes below.


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Works to complete the installation of the concrete track slab panels are scheduled to resume on Friday 21 April and last through to Monday 24 April.

Depending on the weather, rail will be laid across the intersection on the first weekend of May.

PHOTO: GoldLinQ

The first section of rail for the 7.3 kilometre extension, which will see trams meet trains at Helensvale, was laid at the intersection of Napper Road and Smith Street in Arundel two weeks ago.

The first section of rail was laid at the intersection of Napper Road and Smith Street in March PHOTO: GoldLinQ

The first section of rail was laid at the intersection of Napper Road and Smith Street in March PHOTO: GoldLinQ

The first section of rail was laid at the intersection of Napper Road and Smith Street in March PHOTO: GoldLinQ

Traffic changes this weekend

  • Lanes will be reduced on Olsen Avenue, Wintergreen and Parklands Drive and contra-flows will be in place.
  • No left or right turn from Wintergreen Drive onto Olsen Avenue – forward crossing onto Parklands Drive (eastbound) only.
  • No right turn onto Wintergreen Drive from Olsen Avenue (southbound).
  • No exit from Parklands Drive (westbound) onto Olsen Avenue.

Motorists have been encouraged to use alternative routes where possible to avoid delays.

Motorists can visit www.gclrstage2.com.au or contact 1800 425 799 for more information on traffic changes and to subscribe for weekly email updates.

HERE’S WHAT STAGE TWO WILL LOOK LIKE

…AND AGAIN

TRACK-LAYING TIMELAPSE

LAYING THE FIRST RAIL

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