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.”