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.
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.
 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 $750 million  Design and Construction
Logan Motorway to Palm Beach
$19.8 million  Completed
Loganholme to Pimpama
$1.4 million Planning
M1/M3 Gateway Merge $195.3 million  Completed
Mudgeeraba to Robina
$95.5 million Completed
Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes $218.5 million Completed
$25 million Construction
Pacific Motorway interchange upgrades* $192.6 million Planning
Varsity Lakes to Tugun
$1.0 billion Construction
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. 

Pacific Motorway M1 projects

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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.


  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Increases traffic flow
  • Reduces travel time
  • Reduces peak hour congestion
  • Reduces interchange queuing


Total investment
$2.7135 billion

8 Projects in Pacific Motorway M1 upgrade program


Coomera Connector (Second M1)

The Coomera Connector, that is sometimes referred to as the Second M1, is a future state-controlled north-south corridor between Loganholme and Nerang, east of the Pacific Motorway (M1).

Pacific Motorway M1 Daisy Hill to Logan Motorway

We are undertaking a preliminary evaluation to investigate viable staging options for investment in the project that will meet the future traffic and transport needs of the M1 between Daisy Hill and the Logan Motorway (DH2LM).

This project will be the third stage of the M1 North upgrade program.

Pacific Motorway M1 Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill fitzgerald avenue off ramp from M1 - exit 19

Pacific Motorway M1 Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill

We are undertaking the Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill upgrade that will improve 8kms of the Pacific Motorway (M1) between the Gateway Motorway and Loganlea Road.

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Pacific Motorway M1 Interchange upgrades

We are planning for short and long-term upgrades of various interchanges on the Pacific Motorway (M1), including Exit 38 (Yatala North), Exit 41 (Yatala South), Exit 45 (Ormeau) and Exit 49 (Pimpama).

Pacific Motorway M1 Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes upgrade Mudgeeraba Creek bridges

Pacific Motorway M1 Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes upgrade

We have delivered an upgrade of the M1 between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes to reduce travel time and congestion, improve safety, and increase traffic flow. Interchange enhancements have improved access on and off the motorway.

Pacific Motorway M1 Oxenford Interchange Exit 57 upgrade

Pacific Motorway M1 Oxenford Interchange (Exit 57) upgrade

We are upgrading the Oxenford Interchange (Exit 57) located at the junction of the Pacific Motorway (M1), Hope Island Road and Tamborine Oxenford Road.

Pacific Motorway M1 Varsity Lakes to Tugun upgrade

We are delivering the $1 billion Pacific Motorway Varsity Lakes to Tugun (VL2T) project to upgrade 10km of the M1, and constructing in packages to ensure faster delivery and best value for money.

M1 M3 Gateway merge

Pacific Motorway Upgrade M1 M3 Gateway merge

Construction to upgrade the M1/M3 Gateway merge to improve safety and reduce peak hour congestion was completed in May 2020.