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Open for business – Smith Street Motorway and Olsen Avenue Interchange

This week the Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety, Mark Bailey, officially opened the Smith Street Motorway and Olsen Avenue Interchange.


The upgrade was part of the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ $119 million program to improve traffic flow through the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge precinct.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff and Seymour Whyte formed the GC Connect Joint Venture (JV) to deliver the $78 million design and construct project.

Construction began in May 2014, following an intense six month design period. The JV delivered two additional lanes on the Motorway as well as a third lane for eastbound traffic along Smith Street, a new signalised intersection, free-flowing interchange loop, on-off ramps, active transport facilities and related works.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Major Project Director, Roy Wade, explains the complexities of the upgrade.

“It is a heavily trafficked corridor home to three protected species. Minimising impact to the surrounding areas was of the utmost importance.”

He continues, “Sustainability was at the heart of the project. The team implemented a pavement rehabilitation solution to improve the integrity of existing pavements and reuse materials where possible.”

“The team also challenged the existing design alignment – reducing the project footprint and saving more than 7700m2 of Koala food trees.” said Mr Wade.

Central to the project’s success was the seamless integration of the design and construction teams. The JV shared all construction risks and opportunities. This fostered a healthy team dynamic that encouraged innovation – allowing the project to be delivered four months ahead of schedule.

The new road network will alleviate congestion for the 100,000 vehicles that travel in the area each day and will also provide capacity for future traffic volumes.

Image: Project Director Sanjay Ram (TMR), Minister Mark Bailey and Project Manager Bryan Broadfoot (Seymour Whyte) at official opening 6 July 2015.