Seymour Whyte back on the M1

Seymour Whyte Constructions is back on the M1 after being awarded the contract to widen the Pacific Motorway (M1) between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Seymour Whyte Operations Manager – Northern Region Will MacDonald said the award was timely as the company had completed the M1’s Exit 54 upgrade at Coomera last year.

“The contract is valued at $160 million, and is the biggest single contract Seymour Whyte has ever taken on in our own right.”

As part of a tender process that involved two other tenderers, Seymour Whyte had input into the design and was able to explore innovative construction methods.

Works will include the construction of a third lane in each direction, improved interchange ramps and a new bridge for Stapley Drive at Exit 84, which will help alleviate motorway congestion between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes.

There will be no speed or lane restrictions from 19 March to 29 April 2018 in the lead-up to, during and immediately after the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Road construction on this stage of the Pacific Motorway is expected to commence after the Commonwealth Games and is scheduled for completion in early 2020, weather permitting.

This project, estimated to cost $180 million, is being jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments with the Australian government providing a capped contribution of $110 million and the Queensland Government to pay the balance.

Aerial views of the project alignment, February 2018. Photos courtesy of Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Aerial views of the project alignment, February 2018. Photos courtesy of Department of Transport and Main Roads.