WORK has officially begun on a new higher and wider bridge being built above the Pacific Motorway at Varsity Lakes.
The project, which kicked off over the weekend, is part of the M1 upgrade between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes.
Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the new Stapley Drive bridge would be built in stages.
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“A new bridge is being built next to the existing structure and will allow traffic to continue to travel on the existing Stapley Drive overpass,” Mr Fletcher said.
“Once this work is complete, we will switch traffic from the old overpass to this new bridge later this year.”
Mr Fletcher said the existing overpass will then be demolished to make way for construction of the second stage of the bridge.
“The two sections will be joined together to create one new higher and wider bridge that meets current design standards and projected traffic volumes,” he said.
“We’re working with limited space in this area which is why we’re not able to build a completely new bridge north or south of the overpass.’’
Works as part of the M1 upgrade between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes will take place on the StapleyDrive Bridge at Varsity Lakes, starting from Sunday 12/08 and continuing until Wednesday 22/08, weather and site conditions permitting. pic.twitter.com/vvFkH4tuig
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Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the bridge was expected to be fully operational by mid-next year.
“This is great news for people on the Gold Coast, and while there will be short term pain due to construction, it really is a case of long term gain for motorists,” Mr Bailey said.
It’s understood there will be some lane closures with local road detours while the bridge decks are installed, however the work will be carried out at night from Sunday to Thursday between 8pm and 4am.
“We’d like to thank everyone in advance for their patience as we improve the M1 on the Gold Coast,” Mr Bailey said.