Gold Coast, Queensland


Department of Transport and Main Roads



  • Roads


2020 – 2022

Contract value

$100 – 150 million


Pacific Motorway (M1):
Varsity Lakes to Burleigh

Fast facts

1 st

Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) on the Gold Coast

2 no.

new interchange bridges

87,505 t

asphalt (AC14, SMA14, EME2)


The Pacific Motorway (M1) between Varsity Lakes and Burleigh (Package A) is the first of three sections of the M1 Pacific Motorway Varsity Lakes to Tugun (VL2T) upgrade.

Package A involves the widening of a 2km section of the motorway from 2 to 3 lanes in both directions, as well as replacing the existing concrete road surface with stone mastic asphalt. The scope of works also includes:

  • The construction of the Gold Coast’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) at Burleigh (Exit 87)
  • Extending and relocating the Exit 85 northbound off-ramp by 250m
  • Adding a fourth northbound lane between Reedy Creek (Exit 85) and Burleigh (Exit 87)
  • Installing a new shared bike and pedestrian path on the western side of the motorway
  • Installing smart motorway technologies.

The DDI at Exit 87 will be the first of its kind on the Gold Coast; and will boast several benefits, including:

  • Synchronised signals to manage traffic movements from one side of the interchange to the other
  • A reduction in the number of traffic signals that would normally be required at such a busy interchange
  • A much safer and more efficient interchange arrangement compared to the existing roundabout
  • Improved active transport connections to and from Bermuda Street (Southport-Burleigh Road)
  • A compact design that uses a smaller footprint than traditional interchange designs.

Annual Sustainability Report

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