New interchange opens in Varsity Lakes

The Victorian Government has released the shortlist of contractors to deliver the $711 million second stage of the Monash Freeway Upgrade, which will add up to 36 kilometres of new lanes on the arterial route.The Pacific Motorway (M1) Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes upgrade is progressing, with new off-ramps at Varsity Lakes/Burleigh Heads interchange set to open in stages today.

Main Roads South Coast Regional Director Paul Noonan said the original Varsity Lakes and Burleigh Heads southbound off-ramps were too close together creating difficult weaving situations.

“Combining these two exits into one off-ramp will remove this weave movement, improve safety and also ensure smoother traffic flows.

“All existing traffic movements will still be supported, with Varsity Lakes and Stapley Drive traffic diverging off from the left-hand lane, while Burleigh Heads and Reedy Creek Road traffic will continue on in the right-hand lanes of the off-ramp,” he said.

Mr. Noonan said progress on the interchange was another important step toward providing drivers with a more efficient motorway system.

“There are significant improvements being made to the Varsity Lakes area of the M1 to ease congestion and cater for projected growth in the region,” he said.

The $197.5 million project, jointly funded by the federal and state government, remains on track for completion by mid 2020.

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