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Smith Street and Kumbari Avenue intersection improvements

Overview:

The Smith Street Motorway and Smith Street Connection Road is a major arterial route and key to the Gold Coast’s new Health and Knowledge Precinct in Parkwood. The precinct is also a critical component of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) with it being the accommodation hub for thousands of athletes and officials during the April 2018 event.

Since 2009 nearly $120 million has been spent on upgrading the state-controlled road network in the precinct, including progressively widening Olsen Avenue to 6lanes between Melia Court and Crestwood Drive, widening the Smith Street Motorway and constructing a new loop-ramp at the Olsen Avenue Interchange.

As part of the $160.7 million package of road network infrastructure upgrades for the Gold Coast announced in 2015, Transport and Main Roads is making improvements to the Smith Street and Kumbari Avenue intersection.

Location:

Smith Street and Kumbari Avenue intersection in Southport.

Benefits:
  • Improved safety for motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and public transport users.
  • Improved traffic flows and reduced travel times.
  • Catering for current and expected future traffic volumes.
Funding:

The project cost is estimated at $3.5 million and is part of the State Government's $160.7m funding commitment announced for major road network improvements on the Gold Coast.

Regions:
South Coast Region

Project info

The Smith Street and Kumbari Avenue intersection improvements include:

  • constructing an acceleration lane from Kumbari Avenue northbound to Smith Street westbound to improve traffic flows
  • installing a red and amber (2-aspect) signalised pedestrian crossing across the new acceleration lane that will only activate when the pedestrian button is pushed
  • relocating the existing bus stop a further 250m west of the intersection to improve safety and traffic flows at the intersection
  • constructing a 2.5m-wide shared pedestrian and cycle path on the southern side of Smith Street to connect to the existing path
  • installing a northbound on-road cycle lane on Kumbari Avenue to improve cyclist safety through the intersection.

Contact details

Email: SouthCoast@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone: 07 5563 6600 (during business hours)
13 19 40 (outside of business hours)

Traffic info

Motorists can expect lane closures, reduced speed limits and increased congestion during these works. Consider seeking alternative routes and allowing extra travel time.

To keep up-to-date with changing traffic conditions during these works, subscribe to the free SMS and email traffic alert services. Contact Transport and Main Roads to register.

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

Community info

Work will be carried out Monday to Friday from 6am to 7pm. Lane closures are generally not permitted during morning and afternoon peak times. Due to traffic volumes at the intersection, residents can expect some night works and information will be provided prior to night works being carried out.

Residents near to the work zone may experience increased noise, dust and vibration, however every effort will be made to minimise construction impacts.

Public transport users should visit www.translink.com.au to find an alternative pickup and set down location as the existing bus stop near the intersection westbound on the Smith Street Motorway will be closed for the duration of works.

Pedestrian and cyclist detours and changed paths may be required at times during construction. Be extra vigilant and keep personal safety top of mind.

Latest news

An almost $1.5 million construction contract was awarded to Cragcorp Pty Ltd, trading as Queensland Bridge and Civil (QBC) in mid-September 2016. QBC started construction in mid-November 2016 and work is expected to take approximately 3 months to complete (weather, site and contractor conditions permitting).

Last updated
24 August 2017