Construction is set to begin on the $180 million widening of the M1 Pacific Motorway between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast, following the awarding of the project contract.
Seymour Whyte Constructions will undertake the project after being announced as the successful tenderer this week
Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the widening of the M1 would substantially reduce congestion, improve freight efficiency and road safety, and provide better access to the Gold Coast CBD and surrounding areas.
“This is an important traffic corridor and the upgrade will provide a vital injection of jobs, unlock economic capacity and better serve our communities now and for decades to come,” Mr Fletcher said.
Works include the construction of a third lane in each direction, improved interchange ramps and a new bridge for Stapley Drive at Exit 84, which aims to alleviate motorway congestion.
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the project would relieve traffic congestion on the southern Gold Coast and support on average over 300 jobs over the life of the project boosting the Gold Coast local economy.
Road construction on this stage of the Pacific Motorway is expected to commence after the Commonwealth Games and is scheduled for completion in mid 2020, weather permitting.
The project, estimated to cost $180 million, is being jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments with the Australian government providing a capped contribution of $110 million and the Queensland government to pay the balance.