Christmas has come early for Carrara, Merrimac and Robina residents, with almost $9 million in upgrades set to bust congestion at a notoriously dangerous traffic hotspot.
Member for Mudgeeraba, Ros Bates MP said the Gold Coast’s largest roundabout at the Gooding Drive, Nerang-Broadbeach Road and Robina Parkway intersection at Carrara will receive a massive $8 million upgrade, coupled with a $700,000 signalisation of the Gooding, Palm Meadows and Lakelands Drives intersection.
“We will finally see an end to traffic congestion at the notorious Gooding Drive roundabout in the New Year, providing a Christmas miracle for local residents,” said Ms Bates.
“Tenders have gone out for $8.7 million in upgrades to the roundabout and the nearby intersection, with construction to begin in early 2016 and due to be completed mid-year.
“Traffic is the biggest concern of Carrara, Merrimac and Robina residents, and now I’ve delivered a project I’ve been fighting for since 2009.
“This will include the installation of an additional lane, two new sets of control signals, a new slip lane, improved signage and the groundwork for future signalisation.
“The intersection of Gooding, Palm Meadows and Lakelands Drives will also be signalised, meaning traffic can flow freely at this currently hazardous location.”
Ms Bates said she first announced this initiative with the then LNP Minister for Main Roads on 20 January 2015.
“This is yet another initiative fought for, funded and delivered by the LNP for my electorate,” said Ms Bates.
“This roundabout will be one of the major thoroughfares for visitors and residents to Metricon Stadium during Games events, and this LNP upgrade will mean traffic will no longer be an issue.”