Upcoming changes to M1 traffic and construction activities


Pacific Motorway (M1) Upgrade Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes

18 May 2018

Traffic changes

From Tuesday morning, 22 May 2018, the northbound on-ramp under Stapley Drive Bridge, Reedy Creek will be reduced to one lane onto the M1 Motorway for the duration of construction (see map below).

The following changes will apply:

  1. Traffic from Gemvale Road, Bridgman Drive and Old Coach Road for the northbound on-ramp will ‘Give Way’ to traffic from Burleigh Connection Road to form a single lane on the on-ramp.
  2. On-ramp metering (green and red traffic light system) will be in place during peak times on Burleigh Connection Road on-ramp to manage the flow of traffic onto the on-ramp and motorway. This measure will allow traffic from Gemvale Road, Bridgman Drive and Old Coach Road to safely merge onto the on-ramp.
  3. The closed lane of the on-ramp will be used as a construction area to demolish the existing concrete between the motorway and on-ramp lanes; and will then become the new temporary alignment of the northbound M1 lanes in a few weeks’ time – to provide a work area in the median for the construction of the new Stapley Drive Bridge. Information about the re-alignment of the M1 under Stapley Drive Bridge will be provided closer to the time.

Reduced speed limit on M1 to 80km/h

For the safety of roadworkers and motorsist, the speed limit on the motorway – in both directions between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes – has been reduced to 80km/h for the duration of construction.

Upcoming activities and night works

Night works on the Pacific Motorway (M1) upgrade Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes (M2VL) 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
  • Clearing of vegetation
  • Locating public utility services
  • Drainage works.

What to expect during construction

  • Changed traffic conditions and reduced speed limits through the construction site along the motorway.
  • 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 present for safety reasons.
  • Increased levels of noise, dust and vibration, both during the day and at night, due to the use of 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, weather and site conditions permitting.


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