Works have begun for new bridges in Springwood, progressing the $750 million M1 Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill upgrade forward.
Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, said the Federal Government had provided $510 million towards this upgrade.
“Significant progress has been made on improving the M1 over the past year,” Mr Fletcher said.
“By widening and upgrading this eight kilometer stretch of motorway, we’re helping to connect communities and improve safety, enhance public transport connectivity and support jobs.”
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said M1 drivers could spot the new bridges forming before their eyes.
“Those who use the M1 regularly will notice the massive amount of work currently underway at Springwood,” Mr Bailey said.
“Major drainage works have recently been completed, which saw a massive 670m of pipework installed and more than 3,000m3 of concrete poured ahead of widening works.
“The bridge truss spanning 50m and weighing 49 tonnes has also been lifted into place for the V1 Veloway extension.
“With the V1 Veloway underpass at Logan Road already complete, we are ready to realign the northbound Logan Road off-ramp which will bring us closer to completing this massive project.”
State Member for Springwood, Mick de Brenni, said work on the M1 Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill, including the all important busway and veloway extensions had been charging ahead throughout 2021 and now into 2022.
“We are committed to keeping Queensland moving and investing in the community with critical road infrastructure projects across the state, as part of our record $27.5 billion road and transport plan,” Mr de Brenni said.
“The project is stimulating significant confidence amongst local businesses with more than 700 local jobs being supported as part of this project, boosting our economy at a time when it is needed most.
“The Sports Drive to Gateway Motorway section of upgrade was completed last year (2021), including the first section of the V1 Veloway – connecting bike riders with Logan Road, Underwood Road and Camelot Park.
“Once finished and thanks to a combination of extended busway, veloway and extra M1 lanes, the upgrade will see the more than 150,000 drivers who use it daily get home sooner and safer.”
The upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments, with the Australian Government providing $510 million towards the project, and the Queensland Government contributing $240 million.
For more information on the M1 Watland Street to Sports Drive upgrade, go to www.tmr.qld.gov.au/WatlandStreettoSportsDrive.