$1.5m worth of upgrades to the M1 in Pimpama

Shovels will hit the ground in Pimpama, with construction about to start on one of the M1’s worst exits.

The off-ramp is getting much needed improvements, after Deputy Mayor Donna Gates flagged the issue with the State Government.

It had become a bottleneck for locals, who were hamstrung by the heavy traffic impacting surrounding roads.


Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the development should improve the flow of traffic.

“These works will create more capacity at the northbound off-ramp and also involve the installation of roundabout metering at the Rifle Range Road and Yawalpah Road roundabouts,” he said.

“Roundabout metering technology will control the flow of traffic at the roundabouts, and reduce the need for motorists to queue on the M1 shoulder, which we often see at peak hour.”

Cr Gates welcomed the development, but posted on Facebook “let’s hope it works more effectively than at exit 45.”.