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Pacific Motorway (M1): Varsity Lakes (Exit 85) to Tugun (Exit 95) upgrade


The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is working on the design for the future upgrade of the Pacific Motorway (M1) between Varsity Lakes (Exit 85) and Tugun (Exit 95).


Varsity Lakes / Reedy Creek (Exit 85) to Tugun (Exit 95).


The planned upgrade between Varsity Lakes / Reedy Creek (Exit 85) and Tugun (Exit 95) will provide additional capacity to meet traffic demands, reduce the duration of congestion and improve travel time reliability. Interchange enhancements will improve access on and off the motorway and minimise the potential for traffic crashes on this section of the motorway.


$1.03 billion has been outlined in the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program 2019-20 to 2022-23 to progress the upgrade to construction, based on joint funding from the Australian and Queensland government.

South Coast Region

Project info

While the design is still in development, some features being considered include:

  • widening 10 kilometres of the M1 from 2 to 3 lanes in both directions between Varsity Lakes (Exit 85) and Tugun (Exit 95)
  • enhancements to the interchanges at:
    • Burleigh Heads (Exit 87)
    • Tallebudgera (Exit 89)
    • Palm Beach (Exit 92)
  • widening the Tallebudgera Creek and Currumbin Creek bridges
  • constructing a new service road bridge over Tallebudgera Creek west of the motorway at Tallebudgera (Exit 89)
  • making provisions for a smart motorway system from Nerang to Tugun
  • making provisions for a future extension of heavy rail.

Key milestones

  • Late 2017: TMR completed an options analysis and preliminary evaluation for the Pacific Motorway (M1) Varsity Lakes to Tugun upgrade
  • Early 2018: TMR partnered with Building Queensland to develop a detailed business case for the project. TMR engage a design consultant to develop the reference design.
  • Late 2018: The completed business case was referred to Infrastructure Australia for assessment.
  • During 2019: Design underway.
  • Mid-2019: Business case approved by Infrastructure Australia.
  • Late 2019 / early 2020: Consultation with the community.
  • Mid-2020: Construction will start following completion of the Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes upgrade and will be delivered in strategic priority stages.

Contact details

Phone: 1800 799 824
Fax: 07 5563 6611

Community info

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 with Transport and Main Roads on the above contact details.

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Last updated
31 July 2019