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Pacific Motorway M1 Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes upgrade

Overview:

The Pacific Motorway (M1) upgrade between Mudgeeraba (Exit 79) and Varsity Lakes (Exit 85) will provide additional capacity to meet current and future traffic demands.

On average, the 4-lane section of the motorway between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes carries more than 80,000 vehicles per day, a volume which exceeds practical capacity. Traffic on this section of the M1 is growing and expected to exceed 120,000 vehicles per day by 2026.

Location:

Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes.

Completion:

Mid-2020.

Benefits:

The upgrade between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes will reduce travel time and congestion, improve safety, and increase traffic flow. Interchange enhancements will improve access on and off the motorway.

Funding:

The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments with the Australian Government providing $110 million and the Queensland Government providing the remaining costs of the project.

$197.5 million has been outlined in the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program 2019-20 to 2022-23.

Regions:
South Coast Region

Project info

On Friday 24 March 2017, the Australian and Queensland governments announced the M1 Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes upgrade was being funded as part of a joint $500 million package of 5 road upgrades for Queensland. 

The upgrade of the Pacific Motorway from Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes includes:

  • widening a 5.7km section of the motorway to:
    • 3 lanes in each direction between Mudgeeraba (Exit 79) and Varsity Lakes (Exit 85)
    • 4 lanes northbound between Robina (Exit 82) and just south of Mudgeeraba (Exit 79)
  • extending entry ramps and exit ramps to meet current design standards
  • reconstructing the Mudgeeraba Creek and Mudgeeraba Creek overflow bridges on the northbound side to better withstand flood events
  • removing the right turn movement from The Link Way (Exit 80) off-ramp to The Link Way/Railway Street northbound to improve safety
  • constructing a new bridge for Stapley Drive
  • combining the southbound exit ramps to Stapley Drive and Reedy Creek Road
  • installing 'smart motorways' technologies.

Fly-through video


Stapley Drive timelapse video

Mudgeeraba Creek overflow timelapse video

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Key milestones

  • Late 2016: The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) engages a design consultant to assist progressing preliminary and detailed design into the construction phase
  • During 2017: Design development gets underway with early construction contractor involvement through an Early Tenderer Involvement (ETI) process
  • August 2017: Early works begin to install CCTV cameras at the Mudgeeraba, Robina and Varsity Lakes interchanges, install a variable message sign (VMS) northbound at Reedy Creek and relocate public utilities 
  • Late 2017/early 2018: Main construction contract awarded and heavy on-road construction started in April 2018 after the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
  • February 2018: Early works package completed
  • Mid-2020: Construction expected to finish (subject to weather, site and contractor conditions).

Traffic info

Traffic changes still in effect include:

  • Varsity Lakes (Exit 85): the Stapley Drive off-ramp is closed until early-to-mid 2020 to construct a new off-ramp and lower the southbound carriageway. Stapley Drive bridge will remain open during the ramp closure. Motorists can use the Reedy Creek Road off-ramp as an alternative route.
  • Permanent closure of the northbound M1 entry and exit ramps at the Reedy Creek North Caltex/McDonald’s site as a new and longer on-ramp will be constructed at Varsity Lakes (Exit 85) and an extended off-ramp at Robina (Exit 82). Access to the site from the M1 is now well-signed, directing motorists to take the Reedy Creek (Exit 85) northbound off-ramp and follow Old Coach Road to Gemvale Road.
  • Traffic changes between Mudgeeraba (Exit 79) and Robina (Exit 82)
  • Temporary traffic changes near Exit 85 northbound 

Community info

Road traffic noise mitigation

For information on how TMR manages road traffic noise, view the Frequently Asked Questions in the 'Project info' section. For more information on noise mitigation measures as part of the upgrade, contact the project team.

Keep up-to-date

Residents and motorists are encouraged to subscribe to the free email and SMS traffic alert update service for this project. Register via the contact details below.

Contact details

Email: M2VL@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone: 1800 571 817
Fax: 07 5563 6611

Latest news

Traffic changes between Mudgeeraba (Exit 79) and Robina (Exit 82)

From November 2019, a series of traffic changes were made between Mudgeeraba (Exit 79) and Robina (Exit 82).

Northbound

Works to construct the widened northbound carriageway between Robina (Exit 82) and The Link Way (Exit 80), which features 2 new bridges over the Mudgeeraba Creek floodplain, are now complete. Northbound traffic was moved onto new lanes on the widened northbound carriageway under a temporary traffic arrangement to allow work to start in the centre of the motorway from Mudgeeraba (Exit 79) to south of Robina (Exit 82). This traffic arrangement is expected to be in place until the first half of 2020.

The Link Way (Exit 80) northbound off-ramp near Mudgeeraba re-opened to motorists on its permanent alignment. The right-turn movement from the off-ramp north to The Link Way/Railway Street has been permanently removed to improve safety for motorists.

Southbound

One lane of the Robina (Exit 82) southbound on-ramp opened to motorists on its permanent alignment, with the second lane due to open to motorists in the first half of 2020. This ramp has been extended to improve safety for motorists merging onto the M1. 

Traffic changes between Mudgeeraba (Exit 79) and Robina (Exit 82)
Traffic changes between Mudgeeraba (Exit 79) and Robina (Exit 82)

Temporary traffic changes near Exit 85 northbound

In April and September 2019, temporary changes were made to the alignment of the M1 near Varsity Lakes (Exit 85).

Traffic in both directions was moved to the eastern side of the alignment in stages to construct the permanent motorway lanes and new section of Stapley Drive bridge. Traffic entering the motorway northbound from Reedy Creek Road, Old Coach Road and Gemvale Road was also diverted onto this temporary alignment. See map below for further details.

This temporary traffic arrangement will remain in place until the permanent motorway lanes and new Stapley Drive bridge are constructed, expected in the first half of 2020.

Traffic changes near Exit 85 northbound

Last updated
15 January 2020