Stuckey says widening of Pacific Motorway on southern Gold Coast still a long way off

21 Sep 2009 10:38 AMJann Stuckey

21 September 2009

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP says that home-owners in her electorate are still left wondering  if their properties will be needed for the widening of the Pacific Motorway.

The Minister for Main Roads has admitted that property requirements for the upgrade of the Pacific Motorway from Varsity Lakes to Tugun are not known at this stage.

Concept planning for a integrated corridor  by the Department of Transport and Main Roads in association with Queensland Rail and Energex is expected to be completed in the first half of next year.  

However, the Minister has admitted the exact property requirements for the upgrade of the motorway will not be known until after the study is done.  The department will not be acquiring any property for this upgrade until the timing for construction works becomes known.

“My office regularly receives calls from residents and other potential property buyers wanting to know if their homes will be resumed or indeed if a house for sale might be needed for the widening in future years”,  Ms Stuckey said.

Property owners or potential property owners have been advised by the Minister to contact the department to determine whether there may be a land requirement from their property.

Ms Stuckey says the question of widening the motorway is certainly a long way down the track.

The recently released South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program 2009-2026 indicates the delivery timeframe for additional lanes and interchange upgrades will continue until 2025-26 and is subject to federal contributions.

Funding has only been committed for interchange upgrades at Nerang South, Mudgeeraba, Robina and Varsity Lakes and widening of the motorway from Nerang to Worongary up to 2013-14.

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