Southport-Burleigh Road Network Improvement Project, Queensland, Australia
The Department of Transport and Main Roads is upgrading an 8km section of the Southport-Burleigh road in Queensland, Australia, at an estimated cost of A$104m ($79.8m). The upgrade will significantly reduce travel times for road users travelling to and from North Street in Southport and Rudd Street in Broadbeach Waters.
The project is being funded by the Government of Queensland, and is part of a $A160.7m ($143.93m) road upgrade programme being carried out for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Construction of the project began in late 2015, and it is scheduled for completion by the end of 2017. The project is expected to generate 112 jobs during the construction phase.
Southport-Burleigh Road upgrade project details
The Southport-Burleigh road runs through a constrained urban corridor, which requires an upgrade to reduce congestion. The project will add three traffic lanes in each direction by converting the existing parking lanes to through lanes. By using the parking lanes, the project minimises the impact on properties located along the road.
A shared path for cyclists and pedestrians on the eastern side will also be provided in addition to improving the intersections, bridges and road surfaces.
The upgrade project is being constructed in three sections, namely northern, central and southern.
The first section of the project includes the upgrade of a 5km road between North Street in Southport and Vespa Crescent in Bundall. Works being carried out in this section include the installation of new traffic signals at various locations, and provision of a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians on the eastern side.
Two bridges, Korong Channel Bridge and Benowa Canal Bridge, will also be upgraded. The Korong Channel Bridge will be expanded on the eastern side and the Benowa Canal Bridge will be expanded on both sides, in addition to the construction of a new footbridge for pedestrians.
Construction on the first section of the project began in January 2016 and is scheduled to be completed in early 2017.
Central section of the Southport-Burleigh road network
The second section of the project will upgrade the road between Vespa Crescent in Bundall to Fremar Street in Broadbeach Waters. The Bundall Road in this section will be upgraded from four to six lanes in both directions.
A new continuous flow intersection will be built at the crossing of Bundall Road, Ashmore Road and Salerno Street to reduce traffic and provide access to Surfers Paradise.
The Monaco Street bridge will be widened and a shared cycle and pedestrian pathway will be constructed. In addition, public transport facilities will be upgraded and two new U-turn facilities will be added.
Construction on the second section will begin in late 2016 and is scheduled for completion in mid 2017.
The southern section of the project involves the renovation of a 1km section of road between Fremar Street and Rudd Street. Works being carried out in the section include upgrades to the Rudd Street and Fremar Street intersections, pavement reconstruction, and the installation of new electrical services.
Construction on the southern section began in February 2016 and will be completed by late 2016.
A new third lane was opened in both directions as of November 2016, permitting motorists to access the six lanes. Minor works on the southern section are yet to be completed.
Key players involved with the new road upgrade
Georgiou Group was contracted to perform major works on the third section of the project from Fremar Street to Rudd Street.
BMD Constructions is responsible for upgrading two bridges in the project's northern section.