CCF QLD Member GHD to Design M1’s Exit 57
Congratulations to CCF QLD member, GHD on being awarded the opportunity to design the $25 million upgrade of the M1’s Exit 57 (Oxenford) interchange. The infrastructure upgrade is part of the Queensland Government’s commitment to upgrade the M1 to at least six lanes wide from Brisbane to the New South Wales border.
Exit 57 was first opened twenty years ago and is located at the junction of the Pacific Motorway (M1), Hope Island Road and Tamborine Oxenford Road. Over the last twenty years the population of Oxenford and the surrounding suburbs have experienced exponential growth with both commercial and retail precincts in the immediate vicinity. As such, the interchange has experience an increase in congestion with queue forming on the M1 as a consequence.
As such, the upgrade aims to increase traffic capacity through the interchange which additionally protects motorists by reducing queue lengths on the M1. In addition, the upgrade aims to establish reliable access conditions for freight movements to and from the surrounding commercial precincts. The Queensland Government also highlighted that over the life of the project an average of seventy five direct jobs will be supported.
The design will include improvements for eastbound and westbound traffic and is expected to take about twelve months. Construction on the Exit 57 upgrade project is expected to start construction in early 2020.
The Queensland Government Budget included infrastructure development commitments including two major upgrades between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes, the M1/M3 merge and the upgrade of exits 38, 41, 45 and 49 on the northern end of the Gold Coast.