New Yatala South off-ramps open
M1 motorists exiting at Yatala South are getting home sooner and safer after the new, southbound off-ramp opened today.
The northbound off-ramp is expected to open next week.
This milestone in the $82.137 million, jointly funded M1 Pacific Motorway Yatala South (Exit 41) upgrade will increase capacity for the 130,000 motorists using the M1 at Yatala daily.
The 600m-long off-ramps link to recently installed signalised intersections at Cuthbert Drive and Eastern Service Drive as part of the transformation at Exit 41.
They will reduce queueing and improve reliability and safety for commuters and freight.
The new overpass bridge and shared active transport path being built over the M1 is shaping up and expected to be complete early next year.
The left-turn slip from the southbound off-ramp, which will give direct access to the nearby industrial estate, will also be complete early next year.
It will mean heavy and trade vehicles will not need to travel through the interchange, minimising conflict and congestion for all motorists.
The upgrade is funded 50:50 between the Australian and Queensland governments, with the investment estimated to support an average of 179 direct jobs over the life of the project.
For more information, visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au/exit 41.
Quotes attributable to Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King:
“I’m delighted to see further work completed at the Exit 41 interchange in the short time since the northbound on-ramp opened last month.
“This is a major milestone on the project, which will improve traffic flow and safety, benefiting the 130,000 motorists who use the M1 at Yatala each day.
“We are committed to keeping Queensland moving and investing in critical infrastructure projects like this across the state.”
Quotes attributable to Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey:
"This is big news for M1 drivers who have seen construction through Yatala really start to take shape.
“New on and off ramps are important parts in improving traffic flow both through the interchange and on the M1 itself.
“Now, we’re seeing the southbound ramp opening up just weeks ahead of the northbound ramp – that’s progress.
“This is good news for drivers, for industry and for those who use this interchange as an active transport connection.”
Quotes attributable to State Member for Macalister Melissa McMahon:
“These upgrades will see local residents get home sooner, meaning more time can be spent with family and friends enjoying Queensland’s great lifestyle.
“This announcement means we’re even closer to seeing the $82 million project wrap up, which has supported 179 good jobs in the area.
“Whether you’re headed to the drive in or sneaking through for a Yatala Pie, you’ll be getting where you need to go much safer.”