Pacific Motorway Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill Upgrade (Watland Street to Sports Drive upgrade)

The Pacific Motorway (M1) between Watland Street and Sports Drive is being upgraded as part of a rolling program of upgrades between the Gateway and Logan Motorways.

This upgrade focuses on widening the Pacific Motorway's southbound lanes from the Rochedale Road off-ramp (Exit 19) to Logan Road, and northbound lanes from the Watland Street overpass to the existing Sports Drive on-ramp.

This project is being delivered as part of the Pacific Motorway, Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill Upgrade (Stage 2).

Benefits

  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Contributes to economy
  • Better active transport
  • Improves flood immunity

Key features

  • Widening the M1 up to 4 southbound lanes between north of Exit 19 (Rochedale Road) to Logan Road.
  • Widening the M1 up to 4 northbound lanes between the Watland Street overpass and the existing Sports Drive on-ramp.
  • Extending the South East Busway to Springwood bus station.
  • A new M1 on-ramp at Lexington Road.
  • Widening Rochedale Road to three southbound lanes from the Rochedale Road off-ramp (Exit 19) to Springwood Road.
  • Extending the V1 Veloway cycleway from Sports Drive (Package 1) to Watland Street.
  • Smart motorways technologies to help reduce 'stop-start' travel on the motorway.

Funding

The project is being jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments.
$750 million – Stage 2: Pacific Motorway, Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill Upgrade. Investment ID 852345

Total investment
$750 million
Australian Government
$510 million
Queensland Government
$240 million

Project map

Schematic drawing highlighting upgrade features for the Pacific Motorway (M1), Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill, widen and extend busway project.

Schematic drawing showing the project extents for widening the M1 and V1 Veloway starting at Eight Mile Plains in the north and Daisy Hill to the south. Features include:

  • location for the new Rochedale bus station and park 'n' ride at the corner of Underwood and School Roads
  • location for the South East Busway extension between Eight Mile Plains and Springwood bus station
  • location for the new M1 on-ramp at Lexington Road, Underwood that will replace the Sports Drive M1 on-ramp, and a new shared use path from Springwood Road to the new Rochedale bus station at Underwood Road. 

Pacific Motorway M1 northbound—Lexington Road on-ramp flythrough

Video Transcript

This video shows the following scenes:

Mid-aerial view of signalised traffic intersection travelling east on Compton Road towards Logan Road and Lexington Road.

View of cars entering the M1 on-ramp at Lexington Road.

View of directional signs to the M1 Brisbane, and Lexington Road, Local Access Only Road.

View of vehicles travelling on the dedicated M1 Brisbane on-ramp lanes and vehicles travelling west on the local access only road towards Logan Road.

High aerial view that show the single lane local access only road and dual M1 on-ramp lanes separated by a median strip and concrete barrier with traffic signals at the most easterly end of both lanes.

View of the V1 Veloway bridge structure for bicycle riders passing over the dual M1 on-ramp lanes.

Yellow glow lines highlighting the 2 centre lanes for motorists travelling towards Brisbane on the M1 on-ramp. The arrow on directional signage for the M1 Brisbane is also highlighted yellow. Vehicles on the local access road are stopped at the traffic signals while vehicles travel through the intersection towards Brisbane.

Blue glow lines highlighting the outer single lane for motorists travelling on the local access road with a destination of Logan Road or the M1 on-ramp. The arrow on directional signage for the Lexington Road Local Access Road is also highlighted blue. Vehicles on the 2 centre M1 on-ramp lanes are stopped at the traffic signals while vehicles travel through the intersection from the local access road either towards Brisbane or to Logan Road.

 

Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill upgrade flythrough

Video Transcript

The Queensland and Australian Governments are continuing to upgrade the Pacific Motorway to bring you safer and more reliable motorway travel.

This $750 million project will upgrade an 8km section of the M1 between the Gateway Motorway and Watland Street, including improvements to public transport and cycling routes.

By building a better M1 you will spend less time on the roads and more time at home.

The Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill upgrade started construction at the completion of the M1/M3 Gateway Merge in mid-2020.

The upgrade will include improvements to public transport and cycling routes with busway extensions through to Springwood.

A new bus station and park 'n' ride facility at Rochedale will provide better transport connections. The South East Busway will be extended from Eight Mile Plains to Springwood, providing more transport options for commuters.

The motorway will be widened to a maximum of 5 northbound lanes between Watland Street and the Gateway Motorway, increasing capacity of the motorway, improving traffic flow and minimising congestion.

We'll also be improving pedestrian facilities along the way with better access to safer walking routes.

The project will upgrade and widen the Rochedale Road exit, allowing for safer access from the M1. By widening Rochedale Road to 3 lanes the project will create greater capacity, better connectivity, and less congestion on local roads.

A new on-ramp at Lexington Road will create easier and safer entry to the M1 and help to reduce merging congestion.

Upgrading connections such as the intersection of Logan and Compton Roads allows for smoother travel onto the M1 and utilising existing infrastructure such as Fitzgerald Avenue to ensure greater public transport connections and reliable travel times.

By upgrading the multi-modal facilities along the M1 corridor, you will have more options than ever for finding your way home sooner.

We are giving you safer options for accessing the M1 and creating increased capacity for less congestion.

We are building you a better M1 jointly funded by the Queensland and Australian Governments.

Sustainability

We are committed to delivering the Queensland Government's sustainability policies and targets and to continually improving on our design and construction methods to achieve net positive impacts.

Throughout design and construction for this upgrade, and in line with the project’s Infrastructure Sustainability Strategy, we will:

  • ensure people’s health and wellbeing are put first
  • explore available clean energy options for both design and construction
  • reduce the project’s reliance on potable water by exploring alternatives
  • promote workforce development opportunities
  • reduce waste to landfill by reducing, reusing, recycling or refusing
  • pursue and reward innovation in design and construction
  • consider environmental, social, economic and governance outcomes in significant decisions
  • engage with suppliers and subcontractors to procure materials and use the materials responsibly
  • work with the local community to leave a positive legacy
  • include strategies for adaptation to climate change into the project’s design
  • advance diversity and inclusiveness
  • respect and value the natural environment and enhance biodiversity.

For more information on our sustainability measures for the project contact the project team.