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Pacific Motorway M1 upgrade program

The Pacific Motorway is one of Australia’s busiest highways and is a national freight route. The upgrade and widening of the Pacific Motorway is being delivered in strategic priority stages as funding becomes available, based on traffic volumes and best value for money.

Currently there are between 50,000 and 155,000 vehicles per day using sections of the M1 from Springwood to Tugun. 

Pacific Motorway projects

Status as at 28 June 2018


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Please note: A single point has been chosen to represent each project on this map—this may not correspond with where works are currently taking place. Visit QLDTraffic for up-to-date traffic, road closures and conditions that may affect your journey.

Project Committed funds Status
Coomera $74.7 million Completed
Coomera Connector $5 million Planning
Daisy Hill to Logan Motorway $16 million Future planning
Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill $749 million Planning
Gateway Motorway to Logan Motorway $1.81 million Planning
Gateway Motorway to Tugun (Managed Motorways) $3.197 million Planning
Logan Motorway to Palm Beach $19.8 million Completed
M1/M3 Gateway Merge $190 million Construction
Mudgeeraba to Robina $95.5 million Completed
Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes $197.5 million Construction
Ormeau $0.25 million Future planning
Oxenford $25 million Planning
Pimpama $0.25 million Future planning
Varsity Lakes to Tugun $1.036 billion Planning
Worongary to Mudgeeraba $95.5 million Completed
Yatala North & South $0.575 million Planning

For more information about M1 projects email: southcoast@tmr.qld.gov.au.

Coomera Connector

The Coomera Connector (formerly known as the Intra-Regional Transport Corridor) is being planned as a multi-modal corridor east of the Pacific Motorway that could include road, public transport and off-road pedestrian and cycle facilities.

The Coomera Connector is still in the preliminary phase of the project life cycle. 

The current strategic cost estimate is approximately $2.4 billion.  

Pacific Motorway Intelligent Transport Systems / Managed Motorways

Intelligent Transport Systems, collectively known as Managed Motorways, help to reduce stop-start travel, improve safety and provide more predictable travel times for motorists.

These technologies include:

  • variable speed limits
  • ramp signal management
  • queue detection and protection
  • Emergency Vehicle Priority (EVP)
  • route traffic flush
  • variable message sign management
  • incident management facilities.

Pacific Motorway Incident Management

We arrange for Traffic Response Units and maintenance providers to attend crash sites to assist emergency services such as the Queensland Police Service or the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services who manage the incident. We also manipulate the operation of the traffic signal network to help flush diverted traffic through the urban road network. Traffic Management Centre staff ensure that as many people as possible are advised of incidents so that they can plan their journey.

M1 Initiatives

M1 management initiatives were rolled out in the lead-up to and during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) was commissioned by TMR to undertake an operational assessment of the Trucks Use Left Lanes (TULL) initiative and the other M1 management initiatives. The report findings were released in 2018.

Last updated
22 August 2018