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Pacific Motorway (M1): Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes Upgrade

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:Under construction
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Early 2018 - Mid 2020
Estimated Project Cost:$207,300,000
Australian Government Contribution:$110,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Gold Coast City Council
Corridor:Sydney - Brisbane

Project Description

The project will widen the 5.7km  of the Pacific Motorway to six lanes between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes.

The main features of the project are:

  • widening to three lanes in both directions between Exit 79 (Mudgeeraba Road, Robina Town Centre Drive) to Exist 85/85A (Reedy Creek Road)
  • lengthening three entry ramps and four exit ramps to meet current design standards
  • upgrading the northbound Mudgeeraba Creek overflow bridge
  • construction of a new bridge at Stapley Drive
  • replacement of the Link Way exit ramp
  • construction of concrete safety barriers for the majority of the project’s length
  • the installation of Managed Motorways


When complete, the expected benefits of this project will include:

  • a reduction in the extent and duration of congestion for this section of the M1
  • enhanced freight efficiency and productivity along the M1 corridor
  • an increase in the resilience of the freight networks by providing an alternative to the New England Highway transport corridor
  • a decrease in the social impacts of traffic issues on parallel local roads


The Australian Government will provide a capped contribution of $110 million, in partnership with the Queensland Government.


Project early works commenced in August 2017. Major construction commenced in April 2018 and is expected to be completed by mid-2020.

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Project details last updated: 31/10/2018