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Pacific Motorway M1 upgrade program

The Pacific Motorway (M1) is one of Australia’s busiest highways and is a national freight route. The upgrade and widening of the Pacific Motorway (M1) is being delivered in strategic priority stages as funding becomes available, based on traffic volumes and best value for money.

Currently there is an average of between 60,000 and 170,000 vehicles per day using sections of the Pacific Motorway (M1) from Springwood to Tugun. 

These figures represent the Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) which is the number of vehicles passing a point on a road in a 24-hour period, averaged over a calendar year.

Traffic analysis from early 2019 identified more than 210,000 vehicles are using the M1 between Coomera and Nerang on the busiest days.

Pacific Motorway (M1) projects

Status as at 2 August 2019

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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 $20 million Planning
Daisy Hill to Logan Motorway $16 million Planning
Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill $749 million Design
Logan Motorway to Palm Beach $19.8 million Completed
Loganholme to Pimpama  $1.4 million  Planning 
M1/M3 Gateway Merge $195.3 million Construction
Mudgeeraba to Robina $95.5 million Completed
Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes $197.5 million Construction
Ormeau and Pimpama $1.2 million Future planning
Oxenford $25 million Design
Pacific Motorway interchange upgrades* $192.6 million  Planning 
Varsity Lakes to Tugun $1.03 billion Design
Worongary to Mudgeeraba $95.5 million Completed

*The Australian and Queensland Governments have committed $192.6 million towards interchange upgrades on the M1 Pacific Motorway (Exits 41 and 49), on a 50:50 basis.

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Pacific Motorway (M1) asphalt overlay works

Asphalt overlay works have recently been completed on the Pacific Motorway (M1) from south of Shailer Road to Beenleigh–Redland Bay Road (Exit 30). 

These road improvement works included repairs to the existing pavement, a new asphalt layer and new line marking. 

Following completion of the works, this section of the motorway has now returned to the posted speed limit of 100km/h.  

Coomera Connector

The Coomera Connector (formerly known as the Intra-Regional Transport Corridor) is being planned as a new transport corridor, wide enough for up to 6 traffic lanes and is expected to include facilities for public transport and paths for walking and cycling.

The alignment of the complete 45km future state-controlled transport corridor between Loganholme and Nerang, east of the Pacific Motorway (M1) was confirmed in the Queensland Government Gazette on 15 March 2019.

The Coomera Connector is still in the preliminary phase of the project life cycle. TMR is in the process of identifying possible solutions to meet future transport requirements between Loganholme and Nerang. 

A master plan will then be developed to determine the preferred option for the Coomera Connector corridor. The master plan will help determine how delivery of the project could be staged.

Timelines for construction have not yet been identified and will depend on the future traffic growth in the surrounding area and availability of funding.

Pacific Motorway (M1) Intelligent Transport Systems / Smart Motorways

Intelligent Transport Systems, collectively known as Smart 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.

These smart technologies will be delivered in stages between Eight Mile Plains in the north, through to Tugun in the south, either as separate smaller construction packages or as part of upcoming major upgrades.

Pacific Motorway (M1) Incident Management

TMR arranges 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. TMR also controls 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.

Pacific Motorway (M1) Initiatives

Pacific Motorway (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 Pacific Motorway (M1) management initiatives. The report findings were released in 2018.

Last updated
20 December 2019