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Works begin on new Stapley Drive Bridge on QLD's M1 Pacific Motorway

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Posted by Monica Gameng

Queensland’s congestion-busting M1 Pacific Motorway upgrade between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes marks a new project milestone with works commencing to replace the old Stapley Drive Bridge.

“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,” Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said.

Demolition of the old bridge will ramp up over the coming weeks and excavators will gradually “crunch down” the bridge. Once demolition is completed, piling works will begin to build the foundation of the new Stapley Drive Bridge.

“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.

“We appreciate the community’s ongoing patience during these works, which are being conducted within a very busy environment,” Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said.

This upgrade is anticipated to support up to 321 jobs during its construction and the new Stapley Drive Bridge is due to open to traffic by mid-2020.

A number of temporary traffic changes will take effect while works are ongoing to deliver upgrades to the M1 Pacific Motorway, which you can check out on the Department of Transport and Main Roads website here.

This project is part of the M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrade Program - Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes which is jointly funded by the Queensland and Australian Governments, each contributing $97.3 million and $110 million respectively.

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Source: Queensland Government; Department of Transport and Main Roads; Prime Mover Magazine

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

As PlantMiner's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1000 posts. She truly is an industry expert. Monica's passion for educating and inspiring readers saw the PlantMiner blog recognised by Feedspot as one of the Best Australian Construction Blogs in 2018 and 2019. PlantMiner is Australia's largest online construction marketplace. Sign up as a vendor to find and engage with civil and commercial contractors across Australia. Alternatively, if you're looking for plant and equipment you can compare equipment and subcontractor quotes from vendors near you in just a few steps.