Plans to upgrade the M1 between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes to six lanes have taken a positive step forward with the Federal Government announcing it is now looking for a design consultant.
The State and Federal Governments have long been at loggerheads about how much each should contribute to upgrade the highway from five to six lanes. The Federal Government has said it will pay half, while the State Government argues they should pay as much as 80 per cent.
Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon. Karen Andrews MP says that by putting out a tender to design the upgrade, both governments would be given a clearer idea of construction costs.
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She said, in a statement, that if costings turn out to be lower than previously estimated, it should make the task of jointly funding the upgrade a little easier.
It’s hoped that widening the five-kilometre stretch of highway between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes will improve safety, help freight businesses operate more efficiently, reduce the impact of traffic on local roads and cut travel times for drivers.
The Federal Government has also said it would ‘front-load’ its funding towards the M1 – meaning that Federal Government money would be used first to kick-start the pre-construction works.
The State Government said, in a statement: “Today’s announcement is a positive step towards both governments’ goal of addressing road congestion on the M1.”