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Another 179 jobs are on the cards for the Gold Coast with shovels hitting the ground on the next upgrade as part of the Queensland Government’s $2.3 billion M1 upgrades.

Construction has started on the Exit 41 upgrade in the city’s northern suburb of Yatala, which is home to emerging industrial precincts and communities, and follows the completion this month of the $25 million Exit 57 upgrade at Oxenford plus the commitment of $10 million to upgrade Exit 45.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said a new bridge would be built over the M1 while the existing roundabout would be transformed into signalised intersections, busting congestion and creating close to 180 jobs as the Palaszczuk Government continues Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.

“Almost one million people will call the Gold Coast home by 2041, and it’s crucial that our road and transport system is ready for that boom, and that we’re creating the jobs for the people that move here,” Mr Bailey said.

“For the Gold Coast that means we’ve been able to complete Exit 57, start building a $1 billion M1 upgrade to the border, lock in $755 million to build a second M1 and upgrade those interchanges in the northern suburbs where that growth is expected.

Mr Bailey said the $96.3 million Exit 41 upgrade would avoid traffic queuing on the M1 with new on and off-ramps to be built and additional lanes on Cuthbert Drive.

“One of the outcomes of the Northern Gold Coast Mobility Study we conducted earlier this year identified that active transport was huge ask from residents, so we’ll be maximising the upgrade by building new shared paths to connect both sides.

“There’s a record investment in roads and transport going into the Gold Coast with $2.3 billion in M1 upgrades, three new stations being built as part of Cross River Rail and works already underway on light rail all the way to Burleigh, with a business case to take it to Coolangatta via the airport.

Construction on the Exit 41 upgrade is expected to be complete by 2022.

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