Friday, June 21, 2024

Yatala South Interchange Upgrade Complete

South East Queensland motorists are set to benefit from significant improvements to safety and traffic flow through Yatala with the upgrade of the Yatala South (Exit 41) Interchange now complete.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads and Minister for Digital Services, Mark Bailey said two of three northern Gold Coast M1 interchange upgrades are finished, with work ongoing to upgrade Exit 49 at Pimpama.

“This is more great news for M1 drivers who have been watching this project take shape,” the Minister said.

“Congratulations to the team who have worked hard to deliver this upgrade.”

To increase capacity and improve network efficiency, a new bridge was built over the M1, and the roundabouts on both sides of the interchange were upgraded to traffic signals.

The on-ramps and off-ramps have been realigned and lengthened to improve safety by reducing queuing back onto the M1.

Pedestrians and bike riders will also benefit from the upgrade, with new and improved active transport facilities included throughout the interchange.

A new pedestrian bridge has also been built across Halfway Creek to provide safe pedestrian access along Lahrs Road and connect with existing facilities.

“The construction of a new bridge across the M1, the upgrade of roundabouts to traffic signals and relocation of the on-ramps and off-ramps will all help to improve safety and manage traffic through the interchange,” said Minister Bailey.

“New and improved active transport facilities have also been included, making it safer for local riders and pedestrians in the area.”

The $82 million Yatala South (Exit 41) safety project was jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland government, which each contributing $41 million.

“It’s fantastic to see the Exit 41 interchange upgrade complete, with more than 130,000 motorists who use the M1 at Yatala each day benefitting,” said Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King.

“We are committed to keeping Queensland moving by investing in critical infrastructure projects like this across the state, with two of three M1 interchange upgrades now complete.

“I look forward to celebrating the completion of the third M1 interchange upgrade at Pimpama next year,” she said.

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