Congestion-busting upgrades to the M1 Pacific Motorway continue with the replacement of the Stapley Drive Bridge in developments expected to impact freight movements by providing better connections for commercial and passenger vehicles traveling between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes.
Jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments, the M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrade Program has been allocated over $200 million in total.
The replacement bridge will be wider and higher on the M1 confirmed Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge.
“The new bridge will be a significant improvement on the old bridge, which featured only one westbound and two eastbound lanes for motorists,” he said.
As demolition works begin, the old bridge will be removed by excavators, used to gradually collapse down the structure.
Piling works will then start to build the foundations of the new structure which is on track for completion by mid-2020.
State Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said bridge works at Stapley Drive were being conducted offline to minimise impacts to motorway traffic and the local community.
“This project is part of our commitment to build a better M1 and it’s exciting to see the progress being made for Gold Coast motorists,” he said.
“Before removing the old bridge, all northbound motorway traffic was temporarily diverted over to the eastern side of the motorway," said Bailey.
Construction has prompted temporary changes to the location of the nearby Reedy Creek Road northbound motorway on-ramp likely to be in place until early next year.
Works to build part of the new bridge were carried out between mid-2018 and mid-2019.
Federal Member for McPherson Karen Andrews said Gold Coast residents want to get to work and get home efficiently, without sitting in traffic on the M1.
“I have spent years fighting for these upgrades and am excited to see such wonderful progress, with the finish line in sight,” she said.
“Once widening work is complete on this stretch of the M1, action will begin on widening the rest of the motorway all the way to Tugun."
“I’m not interested in just pushing the bottleneck further south, we actually need to fix the M1 all the way through to Tugun, and that’s what we’re doing.”
State Member for Springwood Mick de Brenni said the route between Eight Mile Plains, where the Gateway Motorway merges with the Pacific Motorway, and the Logan Motorway was one of the busiest sections of the M1.
"Our community is feeling a lot of relief seeing the next big step in the M1 upgrade being delivered. Fixing the motorway will save small business millions on lost time each year, which instead can be spent on jobs for locals,” he said.