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Pacific Motorway Upgrade - Nerang to Tugun - Varsity Lakes and Robina Interchanges

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:July 2009 - October 2012
Estimated Project Cost:$86,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$43,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Gold Coast City Council
Corridor:Sydney - Brisbane

Project Description

The Australian and Queensland governments jointly funded the $86 million Pacific Motorway Upgrade, Robina and Varsity Lakes Interchanges project. This project combined both the Robina and Varsity Lakes interchange upgrade works.

As part of this upgrade, the Robina Interchange project:

  • Replaced the existing roundabouts at the eastern and western ends of the overpass bridge with traffic signal controlled intersections.

The Varsity Lakes Interchange project:

  • Now allows vehicle and pedestrian access to the Varsity Lakes Railway Station; and
  • Replaced the existing roundabouts with synchronised traffic signal controlled intersections.


The Pacific Motorway Upgrade to the Varsity Lakes and Robina Interchanges will:

  • Reduce congestion; 
  • Improve road safety and traffic flow onto the Motorway;
  • Improve pedestrian and cyclist access; and 
  • Provide the infrastructure to support long-term growth.


The Australian and Queensland governments are each providing $455 million, a total of $910 million towards upgrading the Pacific Motorway between the Gateway Motorway and Tugun. Of this $910 million, this project was allocated $86 million. The Australian Government provided $43 million to the project, in partnership with the Queensland Government.


Construction of the Varsity Lakes Interchange commenced in July 2009 and was completed in April 2011. Construction works on the Robina Interchange commenced in June 2011 and were completed in October 2012.

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Project details last updated: 29/04/2016