Traffic forecast proves spot on

TRAFFIC statistics show motorists are experiencing immediate major benefits from the Tugun bypass.

Queensland Main Roads Minister Warren Pitt said an analysis of traffic volumes from the first two full days of the bypass's operation last week had highlighted the benefits of its construction. "During planning and construction for the Tugun bypass, Main Roads engineers forecast that it would carry about 40,000 vehicles a day when it was opened -- and this is exactly what has occurred," Mr Pitt said. Traffic statistics from the bypass's first full day of operation last Wednesday show that in the 24-hour period starting at midnight, a total of 20,370 vehicles travelled northbound on the bypass and 22,252 vehicles travelled southbound. This gave a combined daily total of 42,622 vehicles for the day.

Meanwhile, on the Gold Coast Highway at Tugun during the same time period, 16,919 vehicles travelled northbound and 20,532 travelled southbound -- giving a combined total of 37,451 vehicles for the day. That compares to 72,555 vehicles which used the same road through Tugun just a week earlier.

"This enormous drop in the number of vehicles using the Tugun stretch of the Gold Coast Highway is great news for the residents of the southern Gold Coast," said Mr Pitt.

"This project -- delivered on budget and six months ahead of schedule -- is immediately bringing substantial improvements to the quality of life for Gold Coast residents," he said. "It has also been good news for the people using the bypass. Instead of being stuck in traffic they can now complete the journey between Currumbin and the Tweed in about five minutes."



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