An independent study by the Queensland government has aided in the initial selection of the route, with works set to improve infrastructure on the Coomera Connector corridor between Loganholme and Nerang.
The final route was selected out of six possible options, with the route set to connect the M1 and Logan Motorway at Loganholme.
The study was conducted by independent traffic planners as well as environmental specialists to select the most suitable route for the Coomera Connector’s northern section.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the route was selected based on thorough consultation.
“Key considerations for independent specialists were the impacts on communities, impacts on the environment, the proposed cost, and the ability to reduce M1 congestion,” Bailey said.
“The conclusion from their assessments was that the current Coomera Connector alignment had the least number of impacts on properties and homes and did not impact on the RAMSAR wetlands located north of the Logan River,” he said.
Bailey also expressed the importance of community feedback, which helped to influence the routes selection.
“When planning major roads, we always seek to design and construct them in an environmentally sensitive manner, in consultation with the local community,” he said.
$1.53 billion has been committed by the Australian and Queensland governments towards the project, on a 50: 50 basis.
Construction of stage one between Coomera and Nerang is slated to begin later this year, with sections of the construction set to open to the public from late 2024.