Local construction companies have been invited to submit their proposals for the Gold Coast’s second M1.
Contractors are receiving their first industry briefing today on the $1.5 billion project, which received some funding in yesterday’s state budget.
Stage one of the Coomera Connector will run between Coomera and Nerang and is expected to create around 700 jobs.
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Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge says the Morrison Government wants shovels in the ground in 2021.
“The M1 is Queensland’s busiest road and the local community knows this is going to be an absolute game-changer.
“This is critical to busting congestion, supporting a growing Gold Coast and boosting the economy as we recover from COVID,” Mr Tudge said.
Stage one, which spans around 16 kilometres, will be delivered in three separate construction packages.
Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey says that will maximise opportunities for more local contractors to get involved, while also allowing the road to progressively open sooner over the next four years.
“Our complete 16-kilometre Stage 1 between Coomera and the AFL stadium will take up to 60,000 vehicles a day off the M1 and create another 700 new jobs on top of the 1,600 supported by our current M1 and light rail projects.
“The Queensland Government has gazetted the corridor, is getting work done on the design and by reaching out to industry today, we’ll be able to get jobs going by next year to support our state’s economic recovery.
“And because of the big strides Queensland has made in the face of this global virus, we’re able to kick start the second M1 as a cornerstone of Queensland’s plan for jobs and economic recovery,” Mr Bailey said.
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