Varsity Lakes and Burleigh M1 Contract Awarded
The state government is pushing ahead with the next M1 upgrade, with the first contract for the Varsity Lakes to Tugun stretch now awarded.
Works on the $1 billion upgrade will be getting underway in the new few weeks, and will support almost 850 local jobs.
The contract to upgrade the first section of motorway between Varsity Lakes and Burleigh had been awarded to CCF QLD member Seymour Whyte Constructions.
The works include widening the M1 from two to three lanes in both directions, extending entry and exit ramps and rebuilding Burleigh Interchange (Exit 87) into a Diverging Diamond Interchange – a first for the Gold Coast.
The state government says it’s important to keep work flowing on M1 projects and other infrastructure projects during this difficult time.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the construction industry is playing an essential role in support jobs.
“Fighting COVID-19 is the major focus of my government right now but we will keep investing in major infrastructure right across Queensland.
“The Varsity Lakes to Tugun upgrade is set to support almost 850 jobs at a time when creating and maintaining jobs has never been more critical,” the Premier said.
Federal Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge says the Morrison Government had prioritised the importance of keeping vital infrastructure projects on track through the COVID-19 crisis.
“This project will be critical to infrastructure and hundreds of jobs on the Gold Coast.
“We’re adding more lanes to one of the most congested sections between Varsity Lakes and Burleigh to get motorists home sooner and safer.
“It’s part of our $100 billion infrastructure pipeline that is just as important now, as ever,” Mr Tudge said.
For more information on the upgrades, visit the TMR website.