Seymour Whyte is awarded M1 Pacific Motorway contract to upgrade the Pimpama Exit 49 interchange in the northern Gold Coast area of Queensland.

The Exit 49 interchange upgrade will deliver significant improvements in safety and traffic flow efficiency by keeping traffic moving through the improved interchange and thereby reducing queuing.

Steve Lambert, Chief Operating Officer, said the contract award highlights our expertise in high-volume traffic corridors, adding to our M1 portfolio of projects in the Gold Coast.

“Seymour Whyte has successfully completed the Varsity Lakes to Burleigh section of the M1 upgrade and will apply that local knowledge to delivering the Exit 49 upgrade with the least disruption possible.”

“We are also committed to engaging with local workers and businesses to facilitate skills development, work opportunities and other community benefits.”

Will MacDonald, General Manager for Seymour Whyte’s Northern and Western Regions, said that the project will implement several sustainability initiatives to minimise environmental risks and impacts.

“Our environmental ambition involves reducing our carbon emissions by 20% by 2030 compared with 2019 levels, by taking action across our value chain, and limiting our impact by moving towards a circular economy.”

“As part of our circular economy principles, the project will endeavour to reuse on-site materials such as excavated rock and recycled asphalt products in road base materials.”

“The project will endeavour to use fibre reinforced and lower carbon concrete – reducing our overall carbon footprint in line with our strategic objectives.”

The work includes:
• Adding a new bridge over the M1 Pacific Motorway to increase traffic capacity
• Removing existing roundabouts and replacing them with signalised intersections to allow traffic to flow more efficiently and safely.
• Moving the existing on and off ramps away from the main interchange intersections to reduce conflict points, traffic queuing and diverting some traffic away from the interchange.
• Adding pedestrian and cyclist connectivity across the M1.
• Improve flood immunity of local roads, storm water drainage and water runoff quality
• Landscaping with native plants to enhance the natural beauty of the residential area.
• Installing noise walls, and fauna fencing to protect native species.

The project will support approximately 175 jobs and will maximise local supplier participation over the life of the project through social procurement initiatives.

Work has just commenced and will be completed in 2024.