Discussions on M1 upgrades to get underway in Brisbane today

Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher and Queensland Minister for Main Roads Mark Bailey will meet in Brisbane today to discuss progress on the M1 upgrades in a bid to address road congestion.

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads are expected to start an expression of interest process for the design and construction of the upgrade of the Pacific Motorway M1, M3 and Gateway Merge at Eight Mile Plains.

Preparations are also expected to begin to engage a design consultant for the Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes project.


The Gateway Merge upgrade will tackle one of the state’s most problematic bottlenecks. The upgrade will include a new four-lane bridge over the Pacific Motorway and the realignment of Underwood Road between Logan Road and School Road.

The five-kilometre widening between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes will modernise the motorway to reduce the number and severity of motor vehicle accidents, help freight businesses operate more efficiently and most of all, cut travel times for commuters.

While both the Commonwealth and Queensland governments previously reserved their position on the funding split, discussions around delivery of the two upgrades will progress based on the outcomes of each procurement process.