The Pacific Motorway between Worongary and Mudgeeraba will see improvements, with the CMC-Downer joint venture being given the job of widening the Pacific Motorway in this area from four to six lanes.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the widening of this section of the Motorway is being funded with savings achieved on earlier projects, including major upgrades of the Robina, Varsity Lakes, Mudgeeraba, Nerang and Coomera interchanges.
“We’re delivering above and beyond what we initially promised, news which will no doubt be welcomed by the tens of thousands of motorists and truck drivers who use this road every day,” said Mr Albanese.
“This much needed upgrade will deliver reduced congestion and improved safety along a busy section of the M1.
“This is just one of many Federal/State-funded projects being rolled out across Australia’s fastest growing region.
“Indeed, we’re currently investing an unprecedented $6.5 billion in South East Queensland’s road and public transport infrastructure.”
The new upgrade will cost $95.5 million, funded equally by the Federal and State Governments, and is expected to start before the middle of the year, with the project to be completed by early 2015.
Mr Emerson said safety improvements included building concrete barriers to separate opposing traffic flows and resurfacing the existing pavement.
“The motorway will be widened by constructing an additional lane in each direction in the centre median,” he said.
“The Worongary Interchange (Exit 77) southbound on-ramp and northbound off-ramp and the Mudgeeraba Interchange (Exit 79) southbound off-ramp will also be upgraded as part of the project.
“Works will also include widening the existing bridges in the southbound direction and building new bridges in the northbound direction.
“During construction, speed will be reduced through the work site and we ask motorists to take care through the area.”
Other savings achieved on the Springwood South to Daisy Hill upgrade will be used to construct an auxiliary lane between Fitzgerald Avenue and Aranda Street in Springwood as well as undertake the land acquisitions and planning work associated with the future widening of the Motorway between Daisy Hill and the Logan Motorway.
For up-to-date traffic information during construction please call 13 19 40. For more information about the project please contact 5596 9500 or go to www.tmr.qld.gov.au.
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.