Update on proposed closure of right turn at Exit 80

I recently wrote to the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) requesting the rationale behind removing the right-turn movement from The Link Way off-ramp at Exit 80 to The Link Way northbound as part of the Pacific Motorway Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes (M2VL) upgrade.

I have received the following advice:

The $180 million upgrade will widen the motorway between Exits 79 and 85. A fourth northbound lane will also be constructed between the Robina Interchange (Exit 82) and The Link Way (Exit 80). This additional lane will improve driver safety by minimising weaving and merging movements between the two exits.

To enable the motorway widening, including the fourth northbound lane, The Link Way off-ramp will be realigned and shortened. The geometry of this off-ramp will change to assist drivers in reducing their speed from 100km/h to the posted 60km/h speed limit within the shorter distance.

As a result of the changed geometry of the off-ramp, there is insufficient deceleration lane distance to safely turn right into The Link Way northbound.

To incorporate a safe right-turn movement, The Link Way intersection would require extensive infrastructure amendments including significant land resumptions. As there are several existing and safe alternative routes to access Mudgeeraba Village, retaining a right-turn movement was not considered a best value-for-money solution for the project and community.

With regards to upgrading the roundabout at the southern intersection of Railway Street and The Link Way, traffic modelling has indicated that the current configuration at this roundabout will cater for the additional traffic volumes to 2031. On that basis, TMR will not be upgrading the roundabout connecting Railway Street and The Link Way.

TMR distributed some 13,000 project plans to residents and businesses in July and August 2017 which outlined the right-turn closure from The Link Way off-ramp to The Link Way northbound. To date, TMR has not received any feedback on this matter from the local community.

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