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Labrador-Carrara Road and Ashmore Road intersection upgrade


The Labrador–Carrara Road and Ashmore Road roundabout was upgraded to a signalised intersection to improve traffic flows and cater for future traffic volumes.


Labrador-Carrara Road (Ross Street and Currumburra Road) at the Ashmore Road intersection, Benowa/Ashmore.

  • Improved safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians
  • Improved traffic flows and reduced travel times

The project cost is estimated at $26 million and is part of the State Government's $158.2m funding commitment for major road network improvements on the Gold Coast.

South Coast Region

Project info

To increase the existing and future capacity of the state-controlled road network on the Gold Coast the department is converting the existing roundabout at Ross Street and Ashmore Road to a signalised intersection.

A construction contract was awarded to McIlwain Civil Engineering Pty Ltd (MCE) on 23 October 2015. Practical completion of the upgrade was complete on 27 June 2016, ahead of schedule and under budget.

The new signalised intersection is now fully operational and in its final configuration.

While the old roundabout provided opportunities for U-turn movements, the traffic volumes at the intersection are such that U-turns can only be made safely at limited times. These traffic volumes are the reason why the roundabout was upgraded to a signalised intersection. 

However, due to the geometry of the upgraded intersection, traffic capacity considerations, and potential traffic conflict points, it is not possible to allow U-turn movements on all legs of the intersection.

U-turn movements have been permitted on the Ashmore Road western leg allowing eastbound motorists on Ashmore Road (heading towards Benowa) to U-turn back towards the west and the Benowa Village Shopping Centre. U-turn movements are not permitted on the Currumburra Road leg, the Ross Street leg and the Ashmore Road (east) leg of the intersection.

This will mean adopting alternative routes for access to, or exit from, properties depending on the direction of travel. It is important to note that motorists are expected to plan their journey prior to setting out. While the department does not direct motorists on how to access residential or business properties, there are numerous opportunities to U-turn within a short distance of the intersection, for example on Ashmore Road (west) in the centre median at Warrungen Way.

Contact details

Phone: 07 5563 6600 (during business hours)
13 19 40 (outside of business hours)

Traffic info

For up-to-date information on road closures and traffic conditions across Queensland, please visit or call 13 19 40.

Community info

These works are now complete.

Transport and Main Roads thanks the local community for their patience during this major upgrade.

The list of frequently asked questions provides further information.

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Project completed

Project completed

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Last updated
04 July 2016