WORK to widen the problem-plagued Pacific Motorway from four lanes to six on the southern Gold Coast will start after the Commonwealth Games, it has been revealed.
Seymour Whyte Constructions has been awarded the $180 million project contract, which will see the M1 widened between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes.
The congestion-busting upgrade will include the construction of a third lane in each direction, improved interchange ramps and a new bridge for Stapley Drive at Exit 84.
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Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Pail Fletcher said the project would substantially reduce congestion, improve freight efficiency and provide better access to the Coast.
The Minister said construction is expected to start after the Commonwealth Games and is scheduled to be completed by mid-2020, weather permitting.
“This is an important traffic corridor and the upgrade will provide a vital injection of jobs, unlock economic capacity and better serve our communities now and for decades to come,” Mr Fletcher said.
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the project would support on average over 300 jobs over the life of the project, boosting the Gold Coast local economy.
This project is jointly funded by both the state and federal governments, with the Turnbull Government providing a capped contribution of $110 million.