With community consultation commencing in the coming week, a new concept footage of the jointly funded $749 million M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrade between Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill in Queensland has been released, giving motorists a sneak peek of the upgrade that will get underway next year.
“Construction will begin next year and will eventually mean this section of the M1 will be widened from six to eight lanes.
“That means quicker travel times for motorists, and most importantly it will get everyone home sooner and safer,” Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said.
According to Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey, locals are already experiencing the benefits brought by the $195 million M1/Gateway merge upgrade and the State Government will be pushing forward with the congestion-busting M1 upgrade in the Logan region that will deliver up to 721 jobs.
“The Queensland Government is building a bigger and better M1, with $2.3 billion locked in to get people home sooner.
“This upgrade will take local traffic off the motorway, get more people on buses and bikes, and cut congestion with more lanes through the busy Springwood section,” Mr Bailey said.
The multi-million dollar project will include:
- Upgrading an 8-kilometre section of road between the Gateway Motorway at Eight Mile Plains and Loganlea Road at Daisy Hill
- Extending the busway to Springwood with new bus interchange and park ‘n’ ride facility at Rochedale
- Completing the missing V1 cycleway link on the Western side of the M1 from the Gateway Motorway to Paradise Road
- Delivery of a new M1 on-ramp at Lexington Road and combined on-ramp to ease congestion at Loganlea and Paradise roads
- Installation of smart motorways technology including variable speed signs as well as a fish passage at Bulimba Creek
“Locals are always telling me they want better public transport in their area and to major hubs in Brisbane and Logan - and we’re delivering.
“The dedicated busway to Springwood means quicker travel times, less competition with buses and cars on local streets, and room for an additional 1.7 million passengers,” Member for Springwood Mick de Brenni said.
Over the coming weeks, newsletters with updated information regarding the M1 project will be distributed to about 110,000 residents.
“The four-page newsletter explains the project and what they can expect. It will show the exciting plans for the new park ‘n’ ride and bus station at Rochedale, connecting the busway through to Springwood.
“The design is now at a point where we can provide an early update for the public to see what this new upgrade may look like, and what it will mean for the entire community,” Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta said.
In addition to the newsletters, information sessions will also be held in various locations to provide more information about the project. Public information display sessions will be held on the 8th to 19th of October and large-scale maps will be on display starting from the 8th of October to the 18th.
“This is fantastic news for the community, with every bus taking 40 cars off the road, it’ll have benefits for both locals taking public transport and motorists travelling on the M1.
“Residents will also find out more information on plans to combine the two M1 on-ramps at Paradise and Loganlea roads, which will mean freer flowing traffic on the M1, as well as a new on-ramp at Lexington Road,” Member for Waterford Shannon Fentiman said.
The M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrade between Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments under the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program 2019-20 to 2022-23.
Construction on this significant project is anticipated to commence in mid-2020.
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Source: Queensland Government (1, 2); Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure; ABC News