Pacific Motorway (M1) Upgrade Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes

12 April 2019

Project update 

With the new Varsity Lakes (Exit 85) open to traffic, construction on the new Stapley Drive bridge is continuing with traffic flowing around the works zones.

From next Wednesday morning, 17 April, the alignment of the southbound motorway lanes near Varsity Lakes will temporarily change to enable road upgrade works to occur along the existing southbound alignment.

During these changes, both lanes of the new Varsity Lakes (Exit 85) southbound off-ramp will open in a temporary configuration, and all southbound motorway traffic will travel along these two lanes.

  • Motorists continuing southbound will re-join the existing alignment of the motorway via a new temporary section of road located near the Reedy Creek Road northbound flyover.
  • Motorists exiting to Varsity Lakes or Burleigh Heads must be in theleft lane only to exit to Scottsdale Drive and Stapley Drive, or Reedy Creek Road.
    • If you’re exiting, please slow down and ensure you’re in the left-hand lane as early as possible.
    • You will not be able to exit to Varsity Lakes or Burleigh Heads from the right-hand lane.
    • If you miss this exit, the next available exit is Burleigh Interchange (Exit 87) and onto the local road network to reach your destination.
  • Signage will be in place to direct motorists.
  • This temporary traffic arrangement will be in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for around eight months, conditions permitting.
  • Please note – if the start date for this new traffic arrangement is delayed for any reason, signage on the motorway near Exit 85 will advise motorists of any changes and further information will be provided.

The above photograph shows the area where work is currently underway to create a new section of road to connect southbound motorway traffic to the existing alignment. The orange arrow indicates the direction continuing southbound motorists will travel and the green arrow indicates where motorists will exit the motorway for Varsity Lakes and Burleigh. The map on the right further explains the changes.

Other activities next week

With the Easter and Anzac Day public holidays fast approaching, the project is working around-the-clock to get as much work as possible completed, particularly in the area around Exit 85. We thank motorists for their continued patience and understanding while these important works are carried out.

Night works next week will occur Sunday to Wednesday from 6pm to 6am. To ensure the road along our alignment is clear for the busy holiday period, traffic impacts will occur Sunday to Tuesday nights only from 8pm to 4am. Next week’s night works requiring traffic changes are as follows:

  • Varsity Lakes (Exit 85) – Sunday to Tuesday
    • The southbound motorway alignment near Varsity Lakes will change and the Varsity Lakes (Exit 85) off-ramp will be closed from 8pm to 4am this Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights. These changes are required to provide access for upgrade works to the existing southbound lanes and for bridge construction works.
      • Each night, a detour will be in place via Burleigh (Exit 87) and onto Southport-Burleigh Road and the local road network.
      • Motorists may also wish to plan their journey and take the previous exits – Exit 79 onto Robina Town Centre Drive or Exit 82 onto Robina Parkway and use the local road network to reach your destination.
    • From Wednesday morning, all southbound traffic will be on this temporary alignment.
      • Signage will be in place along the motorway to direct drivers.
      • Please slow down and drive with caution during these changed traffic conditions.
  • Robina (Exit 82) to Varsity Lakes (Exit 85) – Sunday to Tuesday
    • A nightly lane closure will be in place northbound and southbound in this section for asphalting works.
    • The Robina (Exit 82) on and off-ramps will be closed on selected nights for asphalting and line marking works.
      • The southbound on-ramp will be closed on Sunday night with motorists detoured via Somerset Drive, Gemvale Road, Stapley Drive and Scottsdale Drive, entering the motorway at the Reedy Creek (Exit 85) on-ramp.
      • The northbound off-ramp will be closed on Monday night with motorists detoured via Mudgeeraba (Exit 79) onto Mudgeeraba Road and the local road network.

Day works continue along the alignment next week Monday to Thursday from 6am to 6pm. The following works are also occurring outside of these hours:

  • Intermittent concrete pours will occur on weekdays in the early mornings:
    • from 4am at the Stapley Drive bridge near Varsity Lakes (Exit 85)
    • from 5am at the retaining wall work site south of Robina (Exit 82)
    • and from 4am at the Mudgeeraba Creek overflow bridge near The Link Way (Exit 80) which is currently closed.

Did you know… pouring concrete when weather conditions are cooler for longer helps the curing process. That’s why we program concrete works in the early part of the day, where possible.

If work is delayed due to wet weather or construction conditions, 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.


Easter break

The project does not work on public holidays. We will close for the Easter break from 6pm next Thursday 18 April with work resuming at 6am on Tuesday 23 April.


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