Demolition works begin ahead of new M1 bridge at Reedy Creek

DEMOLITION works have kicked off on the Stapley Drive bridge in Reedy Creek as the major M1 upgrades continue in the area.

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the replacement bridge would be wider and higher to help ease the traffic woes in the notoriously congested spot.

“The new bridge will be a significant improvement on the old bridge, which featured only one westbound and two eastbound lanes for motorists.”


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Over coming weeks, the old bridge will be removed by excavators, used to gradually crunch down the structure. Piling works will then start to build the foundations of the new structure.

The new wider and higher Stapley Drive bridge is currently scheduled to open to traffic by the middle of 2020.

State Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said bridge works were being conducted offline to minimise impacts to motorway traffic and the local community.

“This project is part of our commitment to build a better M1 and it’s exciting to see the progress being made for Gold Coast motorists,” Mr Bailey said.

“Before removing the old bridge, all northbound motorway traffic was temporarily diverted over to the eastern side of the motorway.

“This also involved temporary changes to the location of the nearby Reedy Creek Road northbound motorway on-ramp.

“This temporary traffic arrangement is expected to be in place until early 2020.

“We appreciate the community’s ongoing patience during these works, which are being conducted within a very busy environment.”

Federal Member for McPherson Karen Andrews said Gold Coasters want to get to work and get home efficiently, without sitting in traffic on the M1.

“I have spent years fighting for these upgrades and am excited to see such wonderful progress, with the finish line in sight,” Minister Andrews said.

“Once widening work is complete on this stretch of the M1, action will begin on widening the rest of the motorway all the way to Tugun.

“I’m not interested in just pushing the bottleneck further south, we actually need to fix the M1 all the way through to Tugun, and that’s what we’re doing.”

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At the same time as improving M1 capacity to Stewart Road (Tugun Bypass will not have lanes added), funding is needed for the tram ‘all the way’ as Mrs Andrews mentions for the M1.

The tram needs to be extended beyond what’s been promised for Burleigh, all the way to Bay Street Tweed Heads. South of the airport, ample space within Coolangatta Road, Lanham Street Parlk, Chalk and Gerrard Streets to what is currently a car park in Bay Street.

This would rejuvenate Coolangatta shops, with smart building owners activating what is currently the rear of their premises onto Chalk Street. The many eas****ts and arcades from Griffith Street will provide easy access for pedestrians.

Such an alignment will also result in a new Coolangatta Police Station as it is on the alignment. As the tram is built via a PPP, this can be accommodated in construction costs rather than from the police budget.

Let’s also see investment in four lanes for major east/west roads south of Reedy Creek too. Well overdue that west of the M1 at Nerang, there are no four lane suburban roads for crucial east/west travel. Essential for the valleys of Mudgeeraba, Tallebudgera and Currumbin Creek valleys where infrastructure has not kept pace with ever spreading urban settlement (much of it overdue from Albert Shire days).

Once the Federal Government’s fast rail study is complete, the third project should be considering fast rail to the airport instead of extending the current narrow gauge snail between Varsity Lakes and Brisbane.

Some current movements could also be improved by inexpensive improvements to bus services.

765 extended to the full length of KP McGrath Drive to serve all of Elanora with frequent services after shop closing times.

On demand buses for parts of Bonogin, Tallebudgera Valley, Reedy Creek, Currumbin Waters and Tugun until after shop closing times should also be well resourced and trialled.

760 re routed via Palm Beach Avenue and the Gold Coast Highway instead of the current ‘scenic tour’ via Elanora, Currumbin Sanctuary and Golden Four Drive. Tourists must wonder when they’re ever reaching the train let alone either airport via this circuitous route that aims to please too many.