Highway at dusk

Plans for the Gold Coast’s next M1 upgrade between Varsity Lakes and Tugan have been released, with community information sessions to begin in March.

The Varsity Lakes to Tugan portion of the billion-dollar upgrade is expected to create 850 jobs.

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said the designs of the Burleigh to Palm Beach, and Palm Beach to Tugun upgrade packages showed what Gold Coasters could look forward to as part of government plans to deliver infrastructure, boost jobs and bust congestion.

“The Varsity Lakes to Tugun upgrade will be a game-changer for the southern Gold Coast, the national freight network, and the tourism industry that relies so heavily on the M1,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“It will provide much-needed relief for residents and commuters and support hundreds of local construction jobs.

“We’ve worked closely with the Federal Government to ensure funding is available for delivery of the upgrade as soon as possible.”

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said the Burleigh to Palm Beach package, which ends north of Nineteenth Avenue, included sensitive environmental areas around Tallebudgera.

“Work on the M1 between Burleigh and Palm Beach will include a 55m-long fauna underpass running beneath the M1 to connect the Burleigh to Springbrook bioregional wildlife corridor,” he said.

“It’s a delicate balance between growth and sustainability, so we’ve sought input from key environmental groups to develop a design for this upgrade that helps achieve that balance.”

Mr Bailey said work to deliver four major M1 upgrades was powering ahead.

“Work is nearing completion on the Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes sections of the motorway,” Mr Bailey said.

“Early works have already started on this much larger upgrade between Varsity Lakes and Tugun, and Gold Coasters will start to see signs of major construction starting later this year.”

Mr Bailey said the flythrough designs released showed how intersections and on/off ramps would connect with the upgrade highway.

“Heading south from Exit 87 at Burleigh all the way to Exit 95 at Tugun, these designs show how this project will deliver major upgrades to intersections, including Nineteenth Avenue and KP McGrath Drive,” Mr Bailey said.

“One of the exciting aspects of this billion dollar upgrade is a new two-way service road to be built on the western side of the M1 running between Tallebudgera (Exit 89) and Palm Beach (Exit 92).

“That road will take local traffic off the M1 and give locals much better bike and pedestrian paths alongside it too.”

Community information sessions:

  • Thursday 5 and 12 March – 4pm to 8pm
  • Friday 6 and 13 March – 12 midday to 4pm
  • Saturday 7 and 14 March – 8am to 12 midday

All six sessions will be held simultaneously at the following locations:

  • Stocklands Burleigh Shopping Centre
  • Reedy Creek Shopping Village
  • The Pines Elanora Shopping Centre
  • Palm Beach Soccer Club

To view the M1 upgrade fly throughs and find further information on the project, visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au/projects

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