Local motorists have been given a sneak peek at the much-anticipated $749 million M1 upgrade from Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill, which is promising to cut travel times for those making the trek on the busy stretch.
The State Government unveiled the concept footage today in a bid to allow motorists to experience the state-of-the-art upgrade before it happens.
It also comes ahead of community consultation for the eight kilometre project which kicks off next week.
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Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge says the upgrade will feature more lanes on the M1, a new busway to Springwood and a bikeway to Paradise Road.
“Construction will begin next year and will eventually mean this section of the M1 will be widened from six to eight lanes,” Mr Tudge said.
“That means quicker travel times for motorists, and most importantly it will get everyone home sooner and safer.”
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says the jointly-funded upgrade is essential to help tackle congestion in the growing Logan area.
“This upgrade will take local traffic off the motorway, get more people on buses and bikes, and cut congestion with more lanes through the busy Springwood section,” he said.
It’s understood around 110,000 residents will receive information in their letterboxes in the coming weeks, with information on Stage 2 of the M1 upgrade from Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill.
”The four-page newsletter explains the project and what they can expect. It will show the exciting plans for the new park ‘n’ ride and bus station at Rochedale, connecting the busway through to Springwood,” Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta said.
“The design is now at a point where we can provide an early update for the public to see what this new upgrade may look like, and what it will mean for the entire community.”
Construction for the $749 million upgrade will start next year, linking in with the M1/M3 merge upgrade at Rochedale.
“Motorists are seeing a lot of changes on the M1, with the $195 million merge upgrade on-track for completion next year, upgrades well underway on the Gold Coast and progress on this vital $749 million upgrade through Logan,” Member for Macalister Melissa McMahon said.
“It means not only are we cutting the amount of time people and businesses spend on the M1, but we’re also creating thousands of jobs in construction for locals.”