Milestone reached for Exit 54
21 January 2016
Joint release with:
Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports
Bert van Manen
Member for Forde
Mick de Brenni
Minister for Housing and Public Works
Member for Springwood
Construction of a new Coomera Interchange (Exit 54) overpass, crossing the Pacific Motorway, has reached a major milestone with bridge girders for the overpass now in place.
Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the large girders had been installed ahead of schedule, following last week's nightly motorway closures.
“Everything went according to plan, and I'd like to thank motorists and local residents for their patience while these works were carried out,” Mr Bailey said.
“The Queensland Government is investing $47.4m in this project which is creating an estimated 163 jobs.
“When completed the new overpass will help reduce congestion through the busy interchange and increase safety for local drivers.”
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the works represent a major milestone in the construction of the new overpass as part of the $74.7 million upgrade of the interchange.
“The Pacific Motorway is used by more than 100,000 vehicles a day so building a bridge over the motorway takes a lot of planning,” Mr Truss said.
Member for Springwood Mick de Brenni said when completed the upgrade will ensure access to the new Coomera Town Centre.
“Nearby roundabouts with signalised intersections will also be upgraded as part of the project which will reduce the queues on the motorway ramps,” Mr de Brenni said.
“This upgrade will see motorists enjoy shorter travel times, which means more time spent with their families rather than on the road, and local businesses will see a boost in productivity.”
Member for Forde Bert van Manen said he was keen to see motorists benefiting from the improvements once the project is completed.
“Installation of bridge girders required on the western embankment of the motorway will require more lane closures in early February 2016,” Mr van Manen said.
“The project is expected to be completed in late 2016, weather permitting.”
The $74.7m upgrade is primarily funded by the Queensland Government ($47.4 million), with the Australian Government contributing $10 million and the Scentre Group $17.3million.
For more information about this project go to www.tmr.qld.gov.au or call 1800 657 248.