M1 upgrade hits milestone as work begins on unique interchange

The M1 upgrade between Varsity Lakes and Tugun is about to reach another crucial milestone with construction getting underway on a major interchange with a unique design.

The Gold Coast’s first-ever Diverging Diamond Interchange is being built at Exit 87 at Burleigh which will dramatically improve traffic flow for motorists entering and exiting the M1.

As part of the radical interchange, 52 concrete bridge girders are being installed over the next four weeks. 


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Federal MP for McPherson Karen Andrews says the design is quite unique here in Australia.

“What it will mean is that people who traditionally have always had to turn right from a centre lane will now be diverted and will be able to fully turn right without having to cross traffic,” Ms Andrews said.

“So it’s a big step forward for us here to improve our traffic flows and to make sure that people are going to be much safer.

The existing roundabout will be removed as part of the construction.

Once finished, motorists will be able to exit and enter the M1 freely at Bermuda St and Oyster Creek Drive.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says the Exit 87 overhaul will also come with new technology to help traffic flow.

“This technology helps improve safety and stop-start travel through proactive management of the road network,” Mr Bailey said.  

“We’ve seen its effectiveness in easing congestion to the north where it has already been installed under the M1 North upgrade program.  

“Ramp signalling, variable speed limit signs and traffic cameras will be installed, which will help keep traffic flowing and reduce travel time.”

Some detours will be in place at Exit 87 between 8pm and 5am for the duration of the works.