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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 15 March 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 $5 million Planning
Daisy Hill to Logan Motorway $16 million Planning
Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill $749 million Design
Gateway Motorway to Tugun (Smart Motorways) $3.197 million Planning
Gateway Motorway to Logan Motorway  $1.81 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 Design
Pimpama $0.25 million Future planning
Varsity Lakes to Tugun $1.036 billion Design
Worongary to Mudgeeraba $95.5 million Completed
Yatala North & South $0.575 million Planning

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Pacific Motorway asphalt overlay works

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) have commenced asphalt overlay works on the Pacific Motorway (M1) from south of Shailer Road to Beenleigh–Redland Bay Road (Exit 30). 

These road improvement works on this section of the motorway will include repairs to the existing pavement, a new asphalt layer and new line marking. 

For the safety of motorists and roadworkers, the asphalt overlay works will be undertaken at night between 9pm and 5am, Sunday to Thursday.  

During nightworks the motorway speed limit will be reduced to 40km/h and during the day, an 80km/h speed limit will apply for the duration of the works. 

To minimise traffic impacts, no work will be carried out during the Easter and Anzac holiday period and the speed limit will temporarily revert to 100km/h between 18 April and 27 April 2019. 

The project is scheduled to take approximately three months to complete, weather permitting.  

To keep up to date visit TMR’s traffic and travel information website

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. An options analysis is currently being undertaken to identify possible solutions to meet future transport requirements between Loganholme and Nerang. A short-list of options is being developed.

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 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.

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
10 July 2019