Georgiou recently completed Australia’s first Continuous Flow Intersection on Bundall Road in Queensland.
Known as one of the Gold Coast’s busiest roads, the upgrade of Bundall Road and Salerno Street included the addition extra lanes to create a safer, less congested point of access to Surfer’s Paradise
A CFI removes right-turning traffic from the intersection by placing the right-turn lanes to the far right outside edge of the road, increasing the number of vehicles that can travel through the intersection.
Minister Transport and Main Roads the Hon. Mark Bailey said the upgrade of the Bundall Road intersection will create an additional gateway to the area’s biggest tourist attraction and improve congestion in the area.
“This intersection will allow for the road to carry a far greater capacity at a much-improved flow rate and has also widened the length of the road and bridges to include an additional lane in both directions,” he said.
Project Manager Joe Barker praised his site team and a close relationship with client Department of Transport and Main Roads QLD (TMR) for overcoming the challenges of designing and constructing the Australian-first intersection.
“For Georgiou, change management has been a significant concern given how unique the upgrade to this existing intersection is,” he said.
“Georgiou has been proactive in identifying potential issues and offering solutions to our client TMR.
“Staging the opening over a week ensured we introduced single changes at a time to gradually adjust established driver behaviours.
“Constant communication between our project team and the client also allowed adjustments to the traffic signal phase timings to accommodate the geometric constraints of the intersection which have contributed to flawed driver decision making.
“All in all, this careful approach has significantly reduced the risk of driver confusion and has vindicated the innovated approach the client has taken to a challenging problem.”
With final asphalting completed yesterday, the team is now focused on remaining line work and will hand over the project before Christmas.
The upgrade is part of state government’s $160 million Commonwealth Games roads program, with the Games kicking off in April 2018.