Roads and travel key features of 22-23 Budget

Published on 14 June 2022

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Road repairs, improved cycleways, new bridge works and pedestrian pathways top the list of the City’s $285.6 million investment in transport for 2022-23.

“The No 1 issue I hear is traffic congestion. We are again responding with record investment in key areas including roads, bridges, pedestrian pathways, cycleways and roundabout upgrades,’’ said Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.

“Of the City’s overall $1.7 billion budget, this investment represents around 17 percent of our annual spend, underscoring how important we view the challenges of transport and traffic.’’

Key projects for 2022-23 include:

  • A city-wide road repair and reseal program including new kerbs, channels, guard rails and pedestrian crossings (around $47 million);
  • City-wide road upgrades including adding additional lanes (around $24 million);
  • New footpaths and cycleways/crossing to improve our Active Travel initiatives (including near schools - around $11 million);
  • Upgrade Peachey Road, Ormeau, a gazetted B-double route, to a two-lane urban sub-arterial to improve road safety and transport efficiency ($7.8 million);
  • Reconstruct the road pavement on Cotlew Street, between Wardoo Street and Benowa Road, Ashmore – including intersection upgrade (around $8.5 million);
  • Construct a new road bridge on Kerkin Road North, Pimpama ($5.5 million);
  • Upgrade intersection at Mirambeena Drive and Creek Street, Pimpama to reduce traffic congestion and address significant traffic growth ($3.3 million);
  • Signalisation of the Foxwell Road / Amity Road intersection in Coomera;
  • Upgrade bus stops to comply with disability standards for public transport ($3.2 million);
  • Light Rail 3 (and planning for Stage 4) - $13.59 million;

“This is about ensuring we remain a safe city so far as cycling, driving and walking, with a particular emphasis on improving facilities for people with mobility issues,’’ he said.

“I’m delighted the 2022-23 budget will deliver these programs while still keeping the average residential rate increase around CPI. That’s 11 years in a row we have met a low rates target.’’