Pacific Motorway Upgrade: Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes

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Project Description

Seymour Whyte is back on the M1 after being awarded a $160 million contract to widen the Pacific Motorway (M1) between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes on Queensland’s Gold Coast. This will be the largest contract Seymour Whyte has ever taken on in its own right. The upgrade will reduce travel time and congestion, improve safety, and increase traffic flow. Interchange enhancements will improve access on and off the motorway. Key features of the upgrade include widening a 5.7km section of the motorway to three lanes in each direction between Mudgeeraba (Exit 79) and Varsity Lakes (Exit 85) and a fourth lane northbound between Robina (Exit 82) and The Link Way (Exit 80), extending entry ramps and exit ramps to meet current design standards, reconstructing the Mudgeeraba Creek and Mudgeeraba Creek overflow bridges on the northbound side to better withstand flood events, removing the right turn movement from The Link Way off-ramp (Exit 80) to The Link Way northbound to improve safety and constructing a new bridge for Stapley Drive. 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. (Photos courtesy of the Department of Transport and Main Roads)


March 2018 to early 2020

Department of Transport and Main Roads

Contract value
$160-$170 million