Another major Gold Coast project will be delivered, with Stage Three of the $104 million Southport-Burleigh Road upgrade securing funding.
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey announced on Wednesday Georgiou Group Pty Ltd would deliver the new Continuous Flow Intersection (CFI) as part of the works package.
“The Australian-first continuous flow intersection will be built at the Salerno Street, Bundall Road and Ashmore Road intersection to tackle congestion,” Mr Bailey said.
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“A new right-hand turn into Salerno Street will be included in the works for an additional route into Surfers Paradise.
“This intersection, in addition to road widening and bridges which include an additional lane in both directions, will increase capacity, ensuring the intersection flows more freely.
“Not only are we improving the road network, but an average of 112 jobs will be created over the life of the Southport-Burleigh Road project.
“The works are expected to begin soon, weather and construction conditions permitting.
“We understand works may cause some disruptions for residents and motorists, however we will aim to minimise impacts wherever we can as we undertake these necessary network improvements.
“I urge motorists to take care when travelling through the area, drive to conditions and obey all signage.”
Mr Bailey said the landmark upgrades form part of the Gold Coast’s $160 million major road network improvements in the lead-up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“Works are progressing on the first (North Street to Vespa Crescent in Southport) and second (Fremar Street to Monaco Street overpass) stages,” Mr Bailey said.
“The first stage is due to be completed by mid-2017 and the second stage by October 2016, weather and construction conditions permitting.
“This follows the first major upgrade completed as part of the road package – the new signalised intersection connecting Ross Street, Currumburra and Ashmore roads. These works were completed three months ahead of schedule and under budget, saving $4 million, a win for Gold Coast motorists.
“The Palaszczuk Government is doing the heavy lifting on the Gold Coast to deliver a safe and reliable road network and creating hundreds of jobs for workers in road construction and related industries.
“Along with the $160 million in major road network improvements, we’ve committed $285 million for Light Rail stage two and $163 million for the heavy rail duplication from Helensvale to Coomera.
“We’ve also got our 20 per cent – $86 million – on the table ready to go for both Gateway and Mudgeeraba-Varsity Lakes M1 upgrades. We’re just waiting on the Federal Government to commit to their own 80:20 funding model. The same funding deal that New South Wales gets on the same road, just across the border.”