Pacific Motorway (M1) Upgrade Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes

Project update – Underground services 

The Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes project is upgrading and installing a range of underground services along the project’s 5.7 kilometre alignment. These services include electrical cable for new road lighting, fibre optic cable to assist with future management of the motorway and nearly seven kilometres of new stormwater drainage lines.

The drainage is being installed primarily in our work zones in areas away from live traffic (such as in the photograph below). However, in some cases, it crosses under existing sections of road including across the motorway on and off-ramps. When this work is required, it’s happening at night with the motorway ramp closed to traffic and detours in place. Next week, that’s one of the construction activities that will occur at the Robina Exit 82 southbound on-ramp – see below for further details.

Other activities next week

Road upgrade night works will occur next week at various locations along the alignment from Sunday to Thursday between 6pm and 6am with traffic impacts in place from 8pm to 4am. Next week’s night works are as follows:

  • Robina (Exit 82) to Reedy Creek (Exit 85) – Sunday to Thursday (for underground service installations and asphalting)
    • The Exit 82 southbound on-ramp will be closed with a detour in place via Scottsdale Drive and onto the motorway at Reedy Creek (Exit 85).  This detour will be in place to enable a drainage line and electrical cables to be installed underground, across the on-ramp.
    • Lane closures will be in place northbound and southbound in this section as asphalt works will be occurring in the median with traffic detoured around the works via the left hand lanes.

Piling night works are also occurring Monday to Friday to 11pm as follows:

  • The Link Way (Exit 80) northbound and southbound to Robina Parkway (Exit 82) – Monday to Friday (for bridge construction works)
    • The motorway will be intermittently closed for up to 5 minutes between 8pm and 11pm near the Mudgeeraba Creek overflow bridge.  These brief closures are required for safety reasons as a large crane lifts concrete piles into place close to the road for bridge construction works.
    • The northbound emergency stopping bay near the bridge works will be closed during weekday work shifts.
    • These works will finish by 11pm to minimise disturbance to local residents. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Day time works continue along the alignment Monday to Friday from 6am to 6pm including:

  • earthworks in all work zones
  • bridge construction works at the two Mudgeeraba Creek bridges (near Exit 80) with piling works currently underway at the overflow bridge
  • widening works and noise wall construction near Robina (Exit 82) northbound
  • construction of a motorway retaining wall south of Robina (Exit 82) with intermittent concrete pours occurring from 5am
  • construction of the new Varsity Lakes/Burleigh Heads Interchange (Exit 84) including Stapley Drive bridge.

The project will also be working in the following two zones this Saturday between 6am and 2pm:

  • south of Robina (Exit 82) southbound – works to stabilise the sloping soil wall behind the new retaining wall
  • new interchange (Exit 84) – drainage works near the Stapley Drive bridge.

In the event that work is delayed because of wet weather, activities will be carried out on the next available shift.

Information about the project, including project plans and a fly-through video is available on our website:

This program is expected to continue until mid-2020.

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