Adjustments to come on $812m interchange
THE Department of Transport and Main Roads will continue to monitor and adjust traffic signals to help traffic flow on its diverging diamond interchange which has been widely criticised for congestion woes.
Australia's first diverging diamond interchange at Glenview partially opened yesterday morning, and copped the wrath of frustrated motorists.
The $812 million project is designed to seamlessly link motorists from Caloundra Rd to Steve Irwin Way in a "smooth, safe" manner.
Motorists caught up in traffic expressed frustration at the opening, which had multiple sets of traffic lights and one lane open in both directions.
The opening, part of extensive Bruce Highway upgrades, was "one of the largest traffic changes" of the interchange so far, a department spokesman said.
The traffic switch involved moving east and westbound traffic onto the two new bridges and closure of the existing bridge.
The spokesman said the switch enables construction to start on other sections of the new interchange.
"We will continue to monitor and adjust the traffic signals through the interchange to improve flow while motorists become familiar with the new arrangements," the spokesman said.
The next round of traffic changes for the interchange is expected to occur in early 2020, weather and construction permitting.
"These changes will increase capacity to evolve as new sections are opened to traffic over the next 12 months."
It is anticipated the interchange will be fully functional in late 2020, weather permitting.