Pacific Motorway M1 upgrade Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes

The Pacific Motorway (M1) upgrade between Mudgeeraba (Exit 79) and Varsity Lakes (Exit 85) will provide additional capacity to meet current and future traffic demands.

On average, the 4-lane section of the motorway between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes carries more than 80,000 vehicles per day, a volume which exceeds practical capacity. Traffic on this section of the M1 is growing and expected to exceed 120,000 vehicles per day by 2026.

Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes.

Early 2020.

The upgrade between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes will reduce travel time and congestion, improve safety, and increase traffic flow. Interchange enhancements will improve access on and off the motorway.

On Friday 24 March 2017, the Australian and Queensland governments announced the M1 Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes upgrade was being funded as part of a joint $500 million package of 5 road upgrades for Queensland.

South Coast Region
Project info

The upgrade of the Pacific Motorway from Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes includes:

widening a 5.7km section of the motorway to
3 lanes in each direction between Robina (Exit 82) and Varsity Lakes (Exit 85)
4 lanes northbound between Robina (Exit 82) and Mudgeeraba (Exit 79).
entry ramps and exit ramps will be lengthened at the Robina Interchange (Exit 82) to meet current design standards
the Mudgeeraba Creek and Mudgeeraba Creek overflow bridges will be reconstructed on the northbound side to better withstand flood events
removing the right turn movement from The Link Way off-ramp (Exit 80) to The Link Way northbound to improve safety
enhancements to the Varsity Lakes interchange including combining the exit ramps to Stapley Drive and Reedy Creek Road and a new bridge for Stapley Drive
making provision for a future managed motorway system.
Fact sheet (PDF, 90 KB)
Fly-though video (MP4, 181620154 bytes)
Frequently asked questions (PDF, 88 KB)
Project plan (PDF, 1.54 MB)
Key milestones

Late 2016: Transport and Main Roads procured and engaged a design consultant to assist progressing preliminary and detailed design into the construction phase.
During 2017: Design development is underway with early construction contractor involvement through an Early Tenderer Involvement (ETI) process.
August 2017: Early works begin to install CCTV cameras at the Mudgeeraba, Robina and Varsity Lakes interchanges, a variable message sign (VMS) installation northbound at Reedy Creek and relocation of public utilities.
Late 2017: Main construction contract awarded and construction begins.
19 March to 29 April 2018: No roadwork lane closures or reduced speed limits will be permitted during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Early 2020: Construction expected to be complete (subject to a number of conditions, such as award date, wet weather, site and contractor issues, and so on).

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