Some positive news for local motorists this morning, with works officially getting underway on two of the Gold Coast’s biggest road projects.
Surveyors are out on the ground on the northern Gold Coast working out the route for the Coomera Connector, while road crews have started relocating utilities as the first step for the $1 billion M1 upgrade between Varsity Lakes and Tugun.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says the projects are a massive win for local tradies and businesses.
“The M1 program has already created steady work for many local operators, and this will only ramp up with upgrades five times bigger to get underway later this year,” Minister Bailey said.
“Over the life of the project, we will see 837 jobs on the Varisty Lakes to Tugun M1 upgrade, so enormous opportunities there for people in terms of incomes and being a part of history to widen the M1.”
“We are building a better M1 and getting on with the second M1”.
Latest traffic figures show 210,000 vehicles travel on the M1 every day.
The Coomera Connector is hoping to take up to 60,000 vehicles off the notorious stretch of road, while the $1 billion M1 upgrade will feature greater capacity through to the NSW border plus the citys first ever Diverging Diamond Interchange.
“What we will see is greater capacity on the southern end of the M1, and with the surveyors out there on the second M1 at the moment, we’re getting a lot of work done there to build that second corridor so that people on the northern Gold Coast, if they don’t need to use the M1, they wont.
“They’ll have a local road that will get them to work in the morning and they wont have to tanker with 110km/h traffic – that’s what people want to see and we’re getting on with the job.
“There’s no doubt these two projects will mean a much safer road system, so we will see less crashes and that’s good news for everybody.”
The works come as the$197 million M1 project between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes enters the home stretch.
“Queenslanders are seeing progress on the M1 every day,” Minister Bailey said.
“Our work means getting families home sooner and throwing our support behind Queensland businesses.”