The day is finally here: the M1 roadworks through Mudgeeraba are complete!
After two whole years of reduced speeds and around a million hours of roadworks, drivers can now enjoy upgraded conditions through the motorway stretch.
Speeds will return to 100k/h through the former bottleneck, with both the north and southbound lanes now increased from two to three.
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There’s also been upgrades to on and off ramps and bridges, ensuring a more seemless commute for some 80,000 M1 users a day.
That number’s predicted to surge to 126,000 by 2026.
Roughly $218.5 million was spent upgrading the 5.7km stretch in total.
Federal Member for McPherson Karen Andrews MP says this is great news.
“Fixing the M1 has been my commitment to the Gold Coast since I was first elected.
“At the 2016 election, with the support of a very public community campaign and my State LNP colleagues , I was pleased to secure $110 million in Federal Government funding to upgrade this notorious M1 bottleneck.
“The Morrison Government has committed $500 million to upgrade and fast-track the rest of the southern stretch of the M1 – to improve freight efficiency for local businesses and create around 850 jobs over the life of the project.
“Work is already underway on the first stage of the $1 billion Varsity Lakes to Tugun project, which will widen the M1 to at least six lanes from Brisbane to Tugun,” Mrs Andrews said.