WORK is expected to begin today on upgrading the notorious M1 interchange at Oxenford.
The State Government unveiled its initial design for the new look, $25 million upgrade of Exit 57 earlier this year.
The upgrade includes additional turning lanes from the M1 to Hope Island and Tamborine-Oxenford roads, as well as a U-turn option.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
Assistant Tourism Industry Development Minister and Gaven MP Meaghan Scanlon said the interchange is one of the busiest in the city, and the new lanes will help ease congestion, reduce ramping, and improve travel flow.
“With its proximity to shopping, services and the Gold Coast’s fastest growing residential areas, Exit 57 at Oxenford is a complex and busy interchange,” she said.
“High volumes of east and westbound traffic have been given careful consideration in the design plan, as has improving traffic flow and of course road safety.”
It’s understood the project will cut travel times through the Oxenford Interchange by a whopping 40 per cent.
“We’re widening the interchange, adding new lanes to reduce queueing and simplifying the sequence of lights to make it faster for motorists to get through the interchange and on and off the M1,” Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said.
“These changes will mean drivers won’t have to queue dangerously on the M1 to get onto Oxenford-Tamborine Road.”
Consultation for the upgrade included face-to-face meetings, doorknocking and delivery of newsletters to almost 40,000 households.
Construction is expected to take 12 months.