Project update and upcoming construction activities – Pacific Motorway (M1) Upgrade Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes

At Stapley Drive Bridge, bored piling work for the new bridge will start from Monday 11 June, weather permitting, on the eastern side of the motorway.

From the week commencing Sunday 24 June, piling activity will start in the centre median. This work will be undertaken out of hours for approximately four nights, weather and site conditions permitting. The work will be carried out at night when traffic volumes are lowest as one lane in each direction of the motorway will need to be closed for this activity.

The piling rig is currently being assembled on site in preparation for this work. On the western side of the motorway, enabling works are well underway to create work areas for the construction of the new bridge.

Work to remove the concrete barrier under Stapley Drive Bridge between the Reedy Creek Road on-ramp and the northbound M1 has been completed. We thank the local residents for their cooperation while this work was underway.

The next stage of work involves, road stabilisation at this location to then laterally shift the northbound lanes to create a work area in the median. More information about this traffic change will be provided in due course.

Upcoming activities and night works

The following day time activities are planned:

  • Removal and hauling of spoil material to various sites along the project (day time only)
  • Bored piling work at Stapley Drive Bridge on the eastern side of the motorway
  • Ground stabilisation and earthworks in the Mudgeeraba Creek floodplain and Stapley Drive to build work areas for the new bridges and motorway
  • Ground improvement works to build a retaining wall for the southbound on-ramp from Robina Parkway (Exit 82)
  • Relocation of public utility services (electrical) and the removal of redundant services.

Night works will continue between 8pm and 4am Sunday to Thursday. The following activities are planned, weather permitting:

  • Installing traffic barriers along the motorway for the safety of roadworkers and motorists
  • Removal of old road markings and installing new linemarking
  • Removal of existing road furniture
  • Realigning existing traffic lanes to provide more room for the construction of an additional lane
  • Temporary road pavement construction
  • Installing signage
  • Locating and relocating public utility services
  • Removal of redundant services

What to expect during construction

  • Use of construction equipment including excavators, trucks, jackhammers, piling rigs and cranes, compaction equipment, road saws / saw-cutters, vacuum excavators.
  • Changed traffic conditions and reduced speed limits through the construction site along the motorway.
  • Temporary lane closures with traffic control and signage to direct pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, as required.
  • Traffic management devices will be in place for the duration of the works.
  • Increased construction traffic accessing work areas and site compounds from the motorway; as well as construction vehicles entering the motorway from the construction site.
  • Flashing lights and reversing beepers on construction vehicles, which are required for safety reasons.
  • Increased levels of noise, dust and vibration, both during the day and at night, due to the use of handtools, heavy construction equipment and machinery.
  • Temporary lighting towers to light work areas during the night. These towers will be directed away from surrounding properties wherever possible.

In the event that this work does not proceed because of wet weather, the works will be carried out on the next available shift.

All works are expected to continue until early 2020.

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