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As part of our blog series looking at major projects which are set to transform New South Wales and Queensland, this week we focus on the Gold Coast M1 Pacific Motorway upgrade. One of the 7 biggest infrastructure projects in Australia right now, the project will add many new jobs to the local economy.

The iconic Pacific Highway is one of Australia’s most famous roads. It handles a huge volume of traffic each day with locals, commuters, tourists and business vehicles travelling along some of the Pacific coast’s most beautiful stretches as the highway connects our major cities Brisbane and Sydney. 

Gold Coast M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrade

Development of the Gold Coast M1 Pacific Motorway

Today we are focusing on the extremely busy section between Brisbane city’s south and the tourist hub of the Gold Coast, which has been earmarked for an upgrade for some time now. 

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced last year that this was a missing link in a great highway. 150,000 vehicles travel on this section of the M1 each day and this will grow to over 200,000 by 2041, driven by population growth in Southeast Queensland. 

Economic outlook and development

The M1 Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill upgrade proposes adding 6-8 lanes and widening an 8.5km northbound section, upgrading many ramps, improving local busways and providing an extended cycleway. 

The project is projected to handle 25 per cent more traffic and relieve congestion for the coming 15–20 years, supporting the Gold Coast’s economic development. It will make getting in and out of Brisbane’s CBD much easier, lower accident levels and cut back on travel times for locals, tourists and commercial vehicles. 

Speaking to Infrastructure Magazine in June, Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said “We’ll keep building a better M1 from Brisbane to the border – with major projects between Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill and Varsity Lakes and Tugun ready to roll as soon as the current two M1 upgrades finish next year.” Mr Bailey said funding was also committed to upgrade three M1 interchanges (at exits 41, 49 and 57) that serve the growing North Gold Coast communities.

Infrastructure investments

The Queensland Budget will invest a record $23 billion investment in roads and transport infrastructure over the next four years.  Australia’s independent infrastructure advisory body, Infrastructure Australia (‘IA’), has also greenlit $2 billion in QLD road upgrades in its national Infrastructure Priority List. 

Other priority infrastructure projects

The List now includes three new QLD Priority Projects -Stage 3 of the Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor, M1 Pacific Motorway (Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill); and M1 Pacific Motorway (Varsity Lakes to Tugun). Inclusion on the List shows a proposal has undergone a rigorous business case assessment and been proven to have significant benefits for the community. 

From engineers to project managers: Motorway upgrade creates jobs

Any project of this magnitude is bound to be a huge boon to local and national infrastructure jobs. This section of the M1 Pacific Motorway upgrade clearly demonstrates that employment boost, which will require the cooperation of a sizeable team of expert professionals including engineers, surveyors, project managers and road workers

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