Australia unveils plan of $675m Varsity Lakes to Tugun upgrade project in Queensland
December 03, 2019 – Australia has unveiled the plan of A$1bn ($675.7m) Pacific Motorway (M1 upgrade project between Varsity Lakes to Tugun in Queensland.
The construction work on the project is scheduled to commence next year. It will include the construction of a new service road bridge over Tallebudgera Creek to connect a new western service road between Palm Beach and Tallebudgera.
It will also include the installation of smart motorway technologies between Varsity Lakes (Exit 85) and Tugun as well as retrofitting these technologies between Nerang and Mudgeeraba.
The project is expected to provide additional capacity to meet traffic demands while reducing congestion.
Interchange enhancements will improve access on and off the motorway and reduce the potential for traffic crashes on this motorway.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said: “The Queensland Government is building a better M1, and we’re gearing up for the future with our plans for the Coomera Connector and a future rail corridor as part of this $1 billion upgrade.”
The project will also include the widening of the Tallebudgera Creek and Currumbin Creek bridges, preserving the corridor for a possible future rail extension south of Varsity Lakes as well as installing bike and pedestrian paths to improve active transportation connectivity.
The upgrade project is jointly funded by the Australian Government, which is providing A$110m ($74.4m), and the Queensland Government, which is offering A$97.3m ($65.8m).
According Bailey, the upgrade project is also part of the Queensland government’s jointly-funded A$2.3bn ($1.5bn) commitment to constructing a better M1 and supporting over 2,000 jobs during the construction phase.
Australian Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge said: “Shovels will hit the ground next year on the project, which will be delivered in three packages.
“It’s expected this will create more than 800 jobs and be five times the size of the current M1 upgrade at Mudgeeraba.”
Many environmental improvements will also feature in the upgrade, such as a passageway under the motorway to reconnect fauna to the Burleigh to the Springbrook bioregional wildlife corridor, an improved fish passage in waterways and through culverts, fauna fencing, and koala habitat and fodder tree plantings.