Gold Coast, Queensland


Department of Transport and Main Roads



  • Roads


 2018 – 2020

Contract value

$150 – 200 million


Pacific Motorway (M1): Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes

Fast facts

120,000 vpd

vehicles per day on the Pacific Motorway

30,000 m

lineal metres of vertical wick drains, to accelerate settlement to reduce the chance of time delays

12,600 m

metres of Control Modulus Columns (CMC) at the structural zones of the bridges

45,000 m3

of acid sulphate soils managed

25 no.

traffic switches

145,000 t

tonnes of asphalt including AC20, EME2, AC14 and OG10


The M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrade between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes includes widening a 5.7 km section of the motorway to three lanes in each direction between Mudgeeraba (Exit 79) and Varsity Lakes (Exit 85) and a fourth lane northbound between Robina (Exit 82) and The Link Way (Exit 80).

Other scope involved:

  • extending entry ramps and exit ramps to meet current design standards
  • reconstructing the Mudgeeraba Creek and Mudgeeraba Creek overflow bridges on the northbound side to better withstand flood events
  • removing the right turn movement from The Link Way off-ramp (Exit 80) to The Link Way northbound to improve safety
  • constructing a new bridge overpass for Stapley Drive, at Varsity Lakes.

Key challenges included working in a constrained corridor, live traffic environment carrying over 120,000 vehicles per day, significant rail interface with the Gold Coast Rail Line and complex bridge demolition and construction over sensitive waterways.

“This project is progressing well due to the good performance of Seymour Whyte.”

Alan Purvis, Client’s Representative, TMR, Oct 2019

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