Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester was present for the ceremony marking the start of works last week.
The upgrade will see 11.3 kilometres of road between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge widened from four to six lanes.
“The project will improve road safety and reduce congestion for the more than 80,000 motorists who use the motorway each day,” Mr. Chester said in a statement.
“It will increase capacity and efficiency along this important part of the national road network which is a vital freight route servicing the Port of Brisbane, Trade Coast and Brisbane Airport precinct.
“Ultimately, the upgrade will mean a faster, safer journey to boost freight productivity and improve travel time reliability.
Nearly 1000 direct jobs will be supported over the life of the project, which is expected to be completed in late 2018.
Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey also said in a statement the motorway upgrade will meet the future transport needs of a rapidly-growing region.
“Major works include building extra lanes, new interchanges, bridges and an off-road shared pedestrian and cycle path along the length of the project,” Mr. Bailey said.
“The Nudgee interchange will also be upgraded and the Deagon Deviation between Depot Road and Bracken Ridge Road will be widened to two lanes in each direction.”
The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, Transurban Queensland and Lendlease will work collaboratively to deliver the project.
The Australian Government has committed $929.6 million to the project, in partnership with the Queensland Government, which has committed $232.4 million.