Location

Gold Coast, Queensland

Client

Department of Transport and Main Roads

Sector

Transport

  • Roads

Duration

 2020 – 2023

Contract value

$250 – 300 million

 

Pacific Motorway (M1): Palm Beach to Tugun

Fast facts

10 no.

bridges

86,315 t

EME2 high modulus asphalt

22,259 m3

foam bitumen stabilised base (FBSB) pavement

About

The Pacific Motorway (M1) between Palm Beach and Tugun (Package C) is the third and final section of the M1 Pacific Motorway Varsity Lakes to Tugun (VL2T) upgrade.

Package C involves the widening of a 5km section of the motorway, between Nineteenth Avenue Overpass and the Tugun interchange. The works include:

  • Upgrade of the motorway from 4 to 6 lanes including rehabilitation / reconstruction of existing concrete pavements and new full depth asphalt pavement
  • Lengthening of entry ramps and exit ramps to meet current design standards
  • Demolition of the existing bridges
  • Construction of 7 new bridges and widening of 3 bridges
  • Reconfiguration of the KP McGrath intersection to incorporate a new off-ramp and western service road
  • Upgrade of Nineteenth Avenue including an intersection with the western service road
  • Construction of retaining walls, signals, noise fences, road lighting and smart motorway infrastructure.

Key challenges include working in a heavily constrained corridor, live traffic environment carrying over 90,000 vehicles per day and complex bridge demolition and construction over sensitive waterways.