Staplyton Drive Bridge Replacement – Pacific Motorway, Varsity Lakes


Relief is in sight for commuters on the M1 (Pacific Motorway) with the commencement of construction works on the Staplyton Drive Bridge.

The project is part of the Pacific Motorway upgrade between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes. The old bridge was sadly inadequate with only one westbound and two eastbound lanes. Motorists will soon have less congestion and better connections on the M1 between Reedy Creek and Varsity Lakes.

Alan Tudge, Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure  outlined that the replacement bridge would be wider and higher to help bust congestion on the M1. “It will provide better connections for motorists travelling over the motorway between Reedy Creek and Varsity Lakes,” “The new bridge will be a significant improvement on the old bridge, which featured only one westbound and two eastbound lanes for motorists.” Mr Tudge said.

The coming works include the removal of the grand old lady which has served motorists for a number of years. Once removed piling works starts, leading to the construction of the bridge proper itself with an official opening in mid-2020. Temporary changes to nearby Reedy Creek Road northbound on-ramp will occur until early 2020.

The worn patience of the local community will be rewarded by the 320 jobs created over the life of the upgrade. Gold Coasters will soon get to work and home safely and efficiently without sitting in traffic.

Mark Bailey, Minister  for State Transport and Main Roads outlined that bridge works at Stapley Drive were being conducted offline to minimise impacts to motorway traffic and the local community.
“This project is part of our commitment to build a better M1 and it’s exciting to see the progress being made for Gold Coast motorists,” “Before removing the old bridge, all northbound motorway traffic was temporarily diverted over to the eastern side of the motorway”.

“This also involved temporary changes to the location of the nearby Reedy Creek Road northbound motorway on-ramp”. “This temporary traffic arrangement is expected to be in place until early 2020″. “We appreciate the community’s ongoing patience during these works, which are being conducted within a very busy environment.” Mr Bailey said.

The Gateway merge with the Pacific Motorway and the Logan Motorway is a busy section of the M1. A nightmare in peak times. Communities nearby look forward to seeing the last construction vehicle leave site, while small local traders look forward to improved profits.

Information regarding stage 2 of the project (from Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill) will soon be provided to the nearly 110k nearby residents. As well a four-page newsletter explains plans for the new park ‘n’ ride bus station at Rochedale, connecting the busway through to Springwood.

Karen Andrews, Federal Member for McPherson outlines that Gold Coasters want to get to work and get home efficiently, without sitting in traffic on the M1.
“I have spent years fighting for these upgrades and am excited to see such wonderful progress, with the finish line in sight,” “Once widening work is complete on this stretch of the M1, action will begin on widening the rest of the motorway all the way to Tugun”. “I’m not interested in just pushing the bottleneck further south, we actually need to fix the M1 all the way through to Tugun, and that’s what we’re doing.” Minister Andrews said.

Local state and Federal Members are happy that the funding for the corridor from the Gate way to the Logan Motorway has been made.

Community information sessions for the M1 Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill upgrade are expected to begin in early October. Stage 2 works commences in 2020.

The M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrade Program – Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments, with the Australian Government providing $110 million, and the State Government providing $97.3 million.

Mick , State Member for Springwood outlined that the route between Eight Mile Plains, where the Gateway Motorway merges with the Pacific Motorway, and the Logan Motorway was one of the busiest sections of the M1. “Our community is feeling a lot of relief seeing the next big step in the M1 upgrade being delivered. Fixing the motorway will save small business millions on lost time each year, which instead can be spent on jobs for locals.” ‘.

‘In coming weeks, about 110,000 residents will receive information in their letterboxes with the most up-to-date information on Stage 2 of the M1 upgrade from Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill”. “We’ve made huge progress to deliver on our commitment to get you home to your family sooner”. Minister De Brenni said.

Bert van Manen, Federal Member for Forde welcomed the project’s latest milestone. “After advocating for nine years for this work to be completed, I’m delighted that the Federal Government commitment for funding for the corridor from Gateway to the Logan Motorway has been made,” “As a result of the Federal Government commitment we are now seeing the progress at a rapid pace and I look forward to Stage 2 commencing in 2020.” Mr Van Manen said.

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Media Statement – M1 Stapley Drive Bridge replacement underway
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