Pacific Motorway (M1) Upgrade Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes

7 December 2018

Project update

Work on the Pacific Motorway (M1) Upgrade between Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes is progressing with earthworks, road surfacing and bridge construction work along the alignment.

In November, all traffic was diverted onto the M1 southbound carriageway to allow for the two northbound bridges over the Mudgeeraba floodplain to be removed and reconstructed to suit the upgraded motorway. This work will be ongoing until 2020.

At Varsity Lakes and Reedy Creek, the new Varsity Lakes (Exit 84) and Reedy Creek (Exit 85) off-ramp is taking shape. To date, more than 125,000 out of 220,000 tonnes of material has been removed to make way for the realigned M1 carriageway and off-ramps. Piling work for the permanent westbound lanes on Stapley Drive bridge is also underway (see photo below).

Driver safety

We all have a role to play in road safety. The project team is working with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) to enforce the speed limit within the roadworks zone. This holiday season, we encourage motorists to drive to road conditions, obey signage and reduce their speed.

Photo: Construction work near Varsity Lakes / Reedy Creek to realign the M1 motorway and off-ramps.

Upcoming activities and night works

Night works will continue from Sunday 9 December to Thursday 13 December between 8pm and 6am with the following activities:

  • Road surfacing works along the M1 south of Robina (Exit 82) between Exits 82 and 84. The proposed minor traffic change scheduled for this week has been postponed until the New Year, due to the recent wet weather.
  • Pouring concrete for the foundation for the new retaining wall at Robina (Exit 82) southbound on-ramp from 5:00am from Wednesday to Friday. Additional noise mitigation strategies will be in place during these times.

For the safety of motorists and roadworkers, please obey the speed limit through the construction zone. The speed limit is enforceable.


Day work activities will continue along the alignment with:

  • Earthworks in the Mudgeeraba Creek and floodplain.
  • Piling work on Stapley Drive for the construction of a new bridge (Stage 2)
  • Construction works to reinstate a concrete barrier with a noise barrier on the northbound Exit 82 off-ramp.
  • Construction works to upgrade the northbound Exit 82 off-ramp to tie into the upgraded motorway.
  • Works in the centre median to widen the motorway.
  • Earthworks for a retaining wall for the southbound on-ramp from Robina Parkway (Exit 82).
  • Earthworks for the new Exit 84 and Exit 85 off-ramps.
  • Drainage works.
  • Removal and hauling of spoil material to various sites along the project.

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

This program is expected to continue until mid-2020.


Contacting Pacific Motorway (M1) upgrade Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes (M2VL) Project Team

In case of emergency, we are contactable 24/7 on free call number 1800 571 817 or during business hours via email at


Further information

Keeping updated means being able to make informed decisions about choosing alternative routes or expecting considerable travel delays. Further information – including a fact sheet, videos, Frequently Asked Questions and the Project Plan – is available on the project website

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