Work begins on Pacific Motorway Exit 45 upgrade

Gold Coast motorists will be pleased to know that works are set to begin to make one of the northern Gold Coast’s busiest Exits “safer” and “more efficient”.

The M1 interchange at Ormeau, otherwise known as Exit 45, is set to undergo a major makeover in a bid to improve traffic flow for drivers in the area and reduce queuing on the M1.

The official sod turning for the 20 million project, which is funded by both the Federal and State Governments on a 50/50 basis, will take place this morning.


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Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the upgrade was desperately needed in the fast-growing region.

“We want Gold Coasters to get home sooner and safer, which is why we are committed to building a better M1,” he said.

He confirmed the project would also accommodate future upgrades and include improvements for bike riders.

“Proving better active transport connections plays a really important part in major upgrades like this,” Mr Bailey said.

“That’s why we’ll be building on-road bike lanes at the interchange to improve the safety of bike riders in the area.

“We are also laying the groundwork for future upgrades at this location, which will be considered as traffic volumes and conditions warrant.

“This is just one of the many interchanges upgrades we are delivering on the M1, many of which will benefit the growing northern Gold Coast suburbs”.

Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen, said construction was expected to take about six months, weather permitting.

“The upgrade will include realigning the off-ramp to a new, signalised intersection on Lahrs Road, with additional lanes and a left-slip lane heading north on Lahrs Road, as well as
localised road widening,” Mr van Manen said.

During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 80 km/h on the southbound lanes of the M1.

For more information on the Exit 45 upgrade, click here.