Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Construction to begin on Coomera Interchange upgrade

Media Release


07 August 2015

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Stuart Robert

Federal Member for Fadden

Bert van Manen

Federal Member for Forde

Construction is set to begin on the Coomera Interchange Exit 54 on the Pacific Motorway, with Seymour Whyte awarded the contract.

Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the $74.7 million project on the Gold Coast would help reduce congestion through the busy interchange and create 163 jobs.

“The widening of the off-ramp in both directions is expected to be completed in time for the opening of Scentre Group's new Coomera Town Centre,” he said.

“Work on the Exit 54 upgrade is expected to begin on Sunday, with the building of a new bridge likely to be completed next year.

“It demonstrates the Australian and Queensland governments' commitment to delivering enhanced transport infrastructure that will serve the Gold Coast for decades to come.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the upgrade would ease the pressure of rapid residential and commercial growth along the motorway.

“In the past 10 years, the area's rapid growth has led to the current interchange reaching capacity,” he said.

“This upgrade will improve pedestrian and cycle safety, reduce the number of rear-end crashes at the end of the exit ramps and provide better access to the new Coomera Town Centre.”

Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen said a new bridge will be built to the north of the existing bridge over the Pacific Motorway for eastbound traffic.

“Both existing roundabouts will also be upgraded to signalised intersections to reduce the risk of queuing on the motorway ramps,” he said.

Federal Member for Fadden Stuart Robert said the upgrade will benefit local residents.

“This project means Coomera's huge population growth will be matched with better infrastructure and more local jobs,” he said.

The upgrade project is jointly funded with the $47.4 million from the Queensland Government, $10 million from the Australian Government and $17.3 million from Scentre Group.