$1.02 million for concept planning of Bilinga interchange

27 Jun 2008 2:27 PMJann Stuckey

27 June 2008

Jann Stuckey Member for Currumbin has welcomed the announcement of $1.02 million funding towards the upgrade of the Bilinga interchange.

“This funding is for concept planning of the upgrade to the Bilinga interchange on the Gold Coast Highway, with the initial planning of this project already underway,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Upgrading this interchange will allow safer and more efficient entry to the Tugun Bypass for traffic coming from Coolangatta and will also cater for future access to the Gold Coast airport site at Bilinga.

“In addition, this work will be included as part of a transport master planning study to be done around the Barneys point-Stewart Road section of the Pacific Highway.

“Aiming to address integrated road network needs for the future in the Tugun Coolangatta area, the study is due to commence later this year.

“It will involve Tweed Shire Council, Gold Coast City Council, the NSW Traffic Authority and Main Roads Queensland.

“Without doubt the recent opening of the Tugun bypass has helped alleviate traffic congestion along the Gold Coast Highway through Tugun and Bilinga, but it is important that we continue to invest in future road infrastructure of the area.

“The Gold Coast is a growing region and if we don’t address the strain of future population growths then local roads will become permanently gridlocked and this study is a step towards addressing this problem,” concluded Ms Stuckey.