Pacific Motorway M1 upgrade program

The Pacific MortwayThe Pacific Motorway M1 is one of Australia’s busiest highways and is a national freight route.

We want you to get where you're going more reliably, so you can spend more time doing the things you love.

Have a look online at how we are building a better M1 between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

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 that use 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 interchange $74.7 million Completed
Coomera Connector Stage 1 $1.53 billion Pre-construction
Coomera Connector Future Stages  $11 million  Planning 
Daisy Hill to Logan Motorway $1 billion Planning
Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill $750 million  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
Oxenford interchange
$25 million Completed
Ormeau interchange  $20 million Completed
Pacific Motorway interchange upgrades $212.9 million Planning and Construction
Pimpama interchange  $110.8 million  Construction 
Varsity Lakes to Tugun
$1.0 billion Construction
Worongary to Mudgeeraba
$95.5 million Completed
Yatala South Interchange  $82.1 million  Construction 

Benefits

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

Funding

Total investment
$5.2183 billion

13 Projects in Pacific Motorway M1 upgrade program

Coomera Connector Future stages Foxwell street - October 2023

Coomera Connector (Future stages) Loganholme to Coomera, planning

Planning is underway for the future stages of the Coomera Connector – the remaining 29km between Loganholme and Coomera.

Artist's impression of a road crossing a river

Coomera Connector (Stage 1)

The Stage 1 section of the Coomera Connector between Coomera and Nerang has been identified as the priority section to be built first.

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Coomera Connector Stage 1 Central

Coomera Connector (Stage 1) is around 16km long and will be delivered in 3 construction packages. Stage 1 Central, which is currently in the design phase, is the 8km section from Helensvale Road to Smith Street Motorway.

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Coomera Connector Stage 1 North

Coomera Connector (Stage 1) is around 16km and will be delivered in 3 construction packages. Stage 1 North, which is currently under construction, is the 4km section from Shipper Drive to Helensvale Road.

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Coomera Connector Stage 1 South

Design phase is underway for the Coomera Connector Stage 1 South package from Smith Street Motorway to Nerang-Broadbeach Road.

Aerial view of Pacific Motorway through Springwood

Pacific Motorway (M1) – Daisy Hill to Logan Motorway upgrade

Planning is underway for the Pacific Motorway (M1) – Daisy Hill to Logan Motorway upgrade. This section of the M1 cannot accommodate current traffic volumes and, as a result, experiences frequent and prolonged periods of congestion and poor travel time reliability.

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Pacific Motorway M1 Interchange upgrades

Planning and construction is underway for short and long-term upgrades of various interchanges on the Pacific Motorway (M1)

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.

Aerial view of M1 at Varsity Lakes and Tugun section

Pacific Motorway M1 Varsity Lakes to Tugun upgrade

The $1 billion Pacific Motorway Varsity Lakes to Tugun (VL2T) project is being delivered 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.

An aerial view of the Pacific Motorway Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill upgrade project.

Pacific Motorway, Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill Upgrade

Work is being undertaken on the Pacific Motorway, Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill Upgrade, to improve 8kms of the Pacific Motorway (M1) between the Gateway Motorway and Watland Street.

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Pacific Motorway, Exit 41, upgrade interchange

The Yatala South (Exit 41) interchange upgrade on the Pacific Motorway (M1) has resulted in significant enhancements to safety and traffic flow in the area.

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Pacific Motorway, Exit 49, upgrade interchange

The Exit 49 interchange upgrade will deliver significant improvements in safety and traffic flow efficiency by keeping traffic moving through the improved interchange and thereby reducing queuing.