Pacific Motorway M1 Varsity Lakes to Burleigh

We are upgrading the Pacific Motorway (M1) Varsity Lakes to Tugun (VL2T) and it will be delivered in packages.

The Pacific Motorway (M1) Varsity Lakes to Tugun (VL2T) upgrade will be delivered in packages, with all motorway widening works – Packages A, B and C – underway by 2021. Construction has now started on the first section between Varsity Lakes and Burleigh (Package A).

In this 2km section, we are:

  • widening the M1 to a minimum of 3 lanes in both directions 
  • extending and relocating the Exit 85 northbound off-ramp by 250m 
  • adding a 4th northbound lane between Reedy Creek (Exit 85) and Burleigh (Exit 87) 
  • installing a new shared bike and pedestrian path on the western side of the motorway 
  • constructing a new Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) at Exit 87 
  • using smart motorway technologies to help reduce 'stop-start' travel on the motorway 
  • replacing the existing concrete road surface with stone mastic asphalt for a quieter, more stable and durable road surface
  • preserving a corridor for a potential future rail extension. 


  • Improves safety
  • Better road access
  • Increases capacity
  • Reduces travel time
  • Reduces peak hour congestion
  • Better active transport

Key features

A new Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) at Exit 87

Exit 87 will soon be transformed using an innovative DDI, which will provide a new way of managing existing traffic volumes and increasing demands. This new configuration will improve safety and keep large traffic volumes moving quickly. Find out more by viewing a video showing how the new Diverging Diamond Interchange will operate.

Extend and relocate the Exit 85 northbound off-ramp

Currently the Exit 85 off-ramp at Reedy Creek joins the roundabout at Old Coach Road and Kingsmore Boulevard and this exit queues back onto the M1 during peak traffic times. The off-ramp will be extended by 250m to improve the safety of motorists and increase capacity on the off-ramp. The new off-ramp will connect directly to Old Coach Road, near Woodland Park, via a new signalised intersection. 

Active transport connections

A new shared bike and pedestrian path, approximately 3m wide, will be constructed on the western side of the motorway. This new path will connect from the Burleigh (Exit 87) interchange, run adjacent to the northbound motorway lanes, and join the local bikeway network at the new Exit 85/Old Coach Road northbound off-ramp. A 1.8m high safety barrier will separate the new shared path from the motorway lanes.

Smart motorway technologies

Smart motorway technologies help to reduce 'stop-start' travel, improve safety and provide more predictable travel times for motorists.

See the Smart motorway fact sheet for more information.


Total investment
$1 billion
Australian Government
$500 million
Queensland Government
$500 million

Current status

Construction has begun.

Key milestones

  • During 2019: Design underway
  • Mid-2019: Business case approved by Infrastructure Australia
  • Late 2019: Community information sessions held
  • May 2020: Construction commenced on Package A Varsity Lakes to Burleigh
  • Late 2022: Construction on Package A expected to finish.

Project updates

Varsity Lakes to Tugun newsletter

Varsity Lakes to Burleigh (Package A) newsletter

Burleigh to Palm Beach (Package B) newsletter

Palm Beach to Tugun (Package C) newsletter

Varsity Lakes to Burleigh flythough