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Yawalpah Road/Gawthern Drive, Pimpama – intersection signalisation

Commencing:  September 2020
Completion: March 2021 (intersection signalisation late January 2021)
Cost: $2.7 million

Project information

To support the opening of the new Gainsborough State School, we’re upgrading the Yawalpah Road/Gawthern Drive intersection. This will improve network efficiency and road safety, and encourage active travel. The intersection signalisation is scheduled for completion late January 2021 (weather permitting).

The intersection upgrade includes:

  • signalising the Yawalpah Road/Gawthern Drive intersection
  • adding signalised pedestrian crossings and Disability Discrimination Act 1992 compliant ramps.

We’re also constructing bus bays at the northern and southern side of Yawalpah Road (near the new school) with new paths that connect to the existing path network.These works are scheduled for completion March 2021(weather permitting).

Planning and design are also well underway to increase network capacity on Yawalpah Road to improve connectivity between the M1 and Kerkin Road. With the State Government announcing their commitment to build the Coomera Connector in stages over a number of years, we’re currently reviewing these to ensure that the upgrade can meet short, mid and long term needs. We’ve also listened to your feedback and are including the duplication of the bridge in our planning.

The design of the intersection upgrade has been future proofed to ensure that it can cater for the proposed Yawalpah Road upgrade.

This project aligns with the Gold Coast City Transport Strategy 2031.

The Yawalpah Road/Gawthern Drive intersection signalisation is a joint initiative of the City of Gold Coast and the Queensland Government.

Temporary lane closures

The north-travelling lane of Gawthern Drive between Trump Street and Yawalpah Road will be closed for approximately two weeks from 14 October.

Access to Pimpama Early Learning Centre from Gawthern Drive will be closed. Please use the Robert Drive entry / exit. Pedestrians and cyclists can continue to travel on the path.


Department of Education works

Construction of the new school at the corner of Yawalpah Road/Gawthern Drive is well underway by FK Gardner and Sons. These works also include road works on Gawthern Drive.

To learn more visit the Queensland Government Department of Education website or email BuildingFutureSchools@qed.qld.gov.au.

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Map of works

Intersection signalisation map (PDF 2.4mb)

What’s changing during construction?

During works there’ll be minor changes to how you access the transport network in the area. We’ve outlined the changes below. At times there’ll be additional impacts, we’ll do our best to let you know of upcoming changes by updating this page.

  • Road access: access will be maintained however for the safety of staff and road users, there’ll be lane closures at times on Yawalpah Road and Gawthern Drive. We’ll aim to avoid lane closures during peak times. There’ll also be traffic management and a 40 kilometres per hour speed limit near the works area. To avoid delays plan head. Consider retiming your trip outside of peak periods, an alternate route or walk, cycle or use public transport.
  • Path access: will be maintained at all times but there’ll be minor diversions around the works area for safety.
  • Bike lanes: will be temporarily removed on Yawalpah Road and Gawthern Drive within the works area for safety. Cyclists can utilise the off-road path network and confident cyclists can ride in the traffic lanes.
  • Parking: we’re doing our best to maintain parking however at times some parking spaces will be temporarily impacted to deliver the works.
  • Trees: to deliver the project, we need to remove some trees. A substantial effort has been made to minimise the environmental impact including consulting with an arborist, removing the minimum number of trees and undertaking replanting.
  • Noise and dust: there’ll be general noise and dust in the works area. We’ll monitor this closely and do our best to minimise it.

We encourage all road users to take extra care when workers are in the area and observe traffic signs and speed restrictions. We apologise for the inconvenience and we’ll do our best to minimise disruptions. Thank you in advance for your patience.

Construction hours

Workers will be on site Monday to Friday between 6am and 6pm. At times we’ll need to work outside of these hours and into the evening to complete the works safely and reduce road impacts. We’ll let you know in advance of any night works in your area.

Benefits for the community

Community benefits include:

  • improved network efficiency
  • improved safety for all road users
  • improved active travel and public transport connections
  • improved accessibility.

Help keep traffic moving

Help reduce congestion during works using the four Rs:

  • RE-MODE to public transport, walking or cycling
  • RE-ROUTE to avoid congestion
  • RE-TIME trips outside of peak time
  • REDUCE the need to make non-essential trips.­­

More information

For more information contact the Project Manager Margesh Raval on 07 5582 9426 or transportprojects@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.

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