M1 Masterplan on the move

Steps to bust congestion on the Pacific Motorway (M1) are showing no signs of slowing with design underway for two major projects.

Jacobs and Aecom/Arcadis and SMEC Holdings Limited – two of the largest global providers of technical services – will complete the first two stages of design for the first sections of the Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill and the Varsity Lakes to Tugun upgrades.

Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the significant progress was part of the Morrison Government’s $1.7 billion commitment to the M1.

“This includes $500 million announced in Tuesday’s Federal Budget for Daisy Hill to Logan Motorways,” Mr Tudge said.

“We want to get Queenslanders home sooner and safer, which is why we are making sure the M1 is world-class.”

Both projects are extensive and range from eight to 10 kilometres.

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the Queensland Government’s commitment of funds had ensured vital design activities and early investigations could get underway.

“In May last year, we announced $897 million for two M1 north and south upgrades at Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill and Varsity Lakes to Tugun,’’ Mr Bailey said.

“We’ve worked closely with Building Queensland to finalise the business cases for these upgrades, and we can now begin negotiations with the Australian Government to progress designs and construction.”

Mr Bailey said Queensland’s funding also meant preliminary geotechnical, survey and pavement investigations on the upgrades could continue as planned.

‘‘We have site investigations underway now in various locations on both the northern and southern upgrades,’’ Mr Bailey said.

‘‘Investing in these works will not only improve M1 congestion but also support 721 jobs over the life of the project at Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill and 837 jobs at Varsity Lakes to Tugun.

“Working on these projects requires planning and the design phases of these upgrades must be separated into sections.

“This will ensure that work rolls on as soon as the current upgrades between M1/M3 Gateway merge and Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes are completed by mid-2020.”

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology and Federal member for McPherson Karen Andrews said progressive global engineering organisation, SMEC Holdings Limited, will design sections of the Varsity Lakes to Tugun projects from Varsity Lakes to Burleigh and the Burleigh Interchange.

“This is the next step in getting the Gold Coast moving. It shows the Liberal National Government is committed to busting congestion in our city and better connecting it with the rest of South East Queensland,” Minister Andrews said.

State Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said Gold Coast and Brisbane residents would see massive changes to the M1 soon.

“People are seeing progress on two upgrades underway now and two more will follow immediately after, including widening the larger section between Varsity Lakes to Tugun,” Ms Scanlon said.

Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen said Jacobs and Aecom/Arcadis will work on sections from Sports Drive to the Gateway off-ramp and Loganlea Road to Logan Road.

‘‘Jacobs’ design will include widening the northbound side to five lanes up to the Gateway off-ramp while Aecom/Arcadis are busy designing upgrades to the Old Pacific Highway at Slacks Creek,” Mr van Manen said.
It is expected the plans for the entire upgrades will be shared with the public later this year, with the detailed design of these sections due to be complete soon after.

 A further $16 million has been jointly committed to ongoing planning of the proposed motorway upgrade between Daisy Hill and Logan River.

More detailed information on the upgrade will be available to the community in mid-2019.

To register for updates visit the project pages at www.tmr.qld.gov.au/projects.