Pacific Motorway upgrade top priority

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed an announcement that fixing congestion on the Pacific Motorway had been added to Infrastructure Australia’s latest list of national priorities.

The Courier Mail reported the body had announced the entire section between Eight Mile Plains and Tugun had been classified as a high-priority initiative.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said it was positive step forward for motorists.

“It’s great these projects we’ve been calling for have been recognised as priorities,” Dr Michael said.

“Ensuring motorists and freight have a reliable and smooth run between the Gold Coast and Brisbane is essential to the ongoing economic productivity of the region.

“We know congestion on the roads not only affects the economy, but also our quality of life, and as the population continues to grow, the problem will only get worse.”

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Dr Michael said RACQ supported a coordinated, strategic approach to managing current and future corridor upgrades on the M1.

“We want to ensure congestion problems are solved and not just pushed along,” she said.

“The road can’t cope with the current traffic levels. The sections between Varsity Lakes and Tugun, and Eight Mile Plains and Loganholme, as well as exits 38 and 41 at Yatala, 45 at Ormeau, 49 at Pimpama, and 57 at Oxenford are all struggling.

“We need the alternate M1, or Coomera Connector, to be built, as well as additional lanes along the existing sections of the M1 which are near capacity. We also need exits upgrades and better local connections so drivers who don’t need to be on the motorway can avoid it. Additionally, using technology to manage the flow of traffic and congestion is going to be vital.”

Dr Michael also reminded drivers to expect delays and reduced speed limits along the M1 as construction ramped up on the Gateway merge upgrade.