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Pacific Motorway M1 upgrade Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes


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.


Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes.




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.


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 20118-19 to 2021-22.

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 The Link Way (Exit 80)
  • 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 off-ramp (Exit 80) to The Link Way northbound to improve safety
  • constructing a new bridge for Stapley Drive
  • combining the southbound exit ramps to Stapley Drive and Reedy Creek Road
  • making provision for a future managed motorway system.

Flythough video

Stapley Drive timelapse video

Key milestones

  • Late 2016: Transport and Main Roads 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 is awarded and construction to start soon after
  • 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:

  • The Link Way (Exit 80): temporary closure of The Link Way off-ramp at Mudgeeraba until approx. August 2019. This closure is to construct a new off-ramp and raise the northbound carriageway across Mudgeeraba Creek. Motorists can use the northbound off-ramp at Mudgeeraba Interchange (Exit 79).
  • Varsity Lakes (Exit 84): the southbound off-ramp at Exit 84 is closed for approx. 12 months 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 (Exit 85) southbound off-ramp as an alternative route.

Major traffic changes are coming in November 2018 for both travel directions in the section between Mudgeeraba Interchange (Exit 79) and Robina Interchange (Exit 82). Further information will be available closer to the change.

Community info

Road traffic noise mitigation

For information on how TMR manages road traffic noise, view the Frequently Asked Questions. 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 with the Transport and Main Roads through the contact details.

Contact details

Phone: 1800 571 817
Fax: 07 5563 6611

Latest news

Changes to motorway access to the Reedy Creek North Caltex/McDonald’s site

Traffic conditions on the M1 between Varsity Lakes (Exit 84) and Robina (Exit 82) will change to allow for the reconstruction of a new and longer on-ramp at Varsity Lakes (Exit 84) and an extended off ramp at Robina (Exit 82).

As a result, the northbound M1 entry and exit ramps for the Reedy Creek North Caltex/McDonald’s site will permanently close from 16 November 2018 and access to the site from the motorway will be from Reedy Creek (Exit 85) via Old Coach Road and Gemvale Road. 

Motorists wanting to re-join the motorway will re-enter at Robina (exit 82) on-ramp.

Directional signage from the motorway is in place. 

Please watch the video fly-through for more information.

Reedy Creek Service Station: new access opening November 2018

Changes to traffic lane conditions on M1 over Mudgeeraba Creek floodplain

From the week of 12 November 2018, traffic lane conditions on the M1 between Exit 82 Robina and Exit 80 The Link Way will be progressively changed to allow for the reconstruction of 2 bridges over the Mudgeeraba floodplain.

What to expect:

  • the 2 northbound traffic lanes will be diverted to the southbound carriageway
  • all 4 lanes, repositioned on the southbound carriageway, will be narrowed with limited road shoulder width
  • speed will be reduced to 60km/h 24/7 in this section
  • this contraflow traffic arrangement will be in place for approximately 18 months.

The new bridges on the northbound alignment will be built to better withstand flood events.

Please watch the video fly-through for more information.

Reedy Creek new access map, November 2018

Construction around the Varsity Lakes interchange at Exit 84 is picking up pace with the new bridge at Stapley Drive moving into the first stage. The new bridge will be constructed in the same location as the current interchange bridge. 

The bridge will remain open to traffic at all times, however lane configurations and ramp accesses will change, with some detours required at various times during construction.

In order to keep the bridge open and maintain access across the motorway, construction will be done in stages:

  1. The southern section of the new bridge was constructed first. All traffic has been switched to the new southern section for the existing bridge structure to be removed.
  2. An additional bridge structure will be constructed in place of the removed bridge. This new section will then be connected to the new southern section completed in stage 1.

There will be 4 traffic lanes on the new bridge, with 2 lanes eastbound and 2 lanes westbound. The end result will be a wider and higher bridge to meet current design standards and cater for projected traffic volumes. 

The project team is aiming for the new Stapley Drive bridge to be in its final configuration and fully open to traffic by mid-2019.

Last updated
13 November 2018