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Bridges taking shape on M1 upgrade in SEQ
New bridges are taking shape at Springwood as part of the $750 million M1 Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill upgrade.
Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the Morrison Government had provided $510 million towards this important upgrade.
“Significant progress has been made on improving the M1 over the past year,” Minister Fletcher said.
“By widening and upgrading this 8-kilometre stretch of motorway we’re helping to connect communities and improve safety, enhance public transport connectivity and support jobs.
“This important project is another example of the Morrison Government delivering important infrastructure as part of its record ten-year, $110 billion investment plan.”
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said M1 drivers could spot the new bridges forming before their eyes.
“Those who use the M1 regularly will notice the massive amount of work currently underway at Springwood,” Mr Bailey said.
“Major drainage works have recently been completed which saw a massive 670 lineal metres of pipework has been installed and more than 3000 cubic metres of concrete poured ahead of widening works.
“The bridge truss spanning 50 metres and weighing 49 tonnes has also been lifted into place for the V1 Veloway extension.
“With the V1 Veloway underpass at Logan Road already complete, we are ready to realign the northbound Logan Road off-ramp which will bring us closer to completing this massive project.”
Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta MP, said the upgrade would provide significant benefits to local commuters.
“The Morrison Government is continuing to back the people of Queensland by providing significant funding towards this project, which will help people to get home to their friends and family sooner and safer."
Member for Springwood Mick de Brenni said work on the M1 Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill, including the all important busway and veloway extensions had been charging ahead throughout 2021 and now in to 2022.
“We are committed to keeping Queensland moving and investing in the community with critical road infrastructure projects across the state, as part of our record $27.5 billion road and transport plan” Mr de Brenni said.
“The project is stimulating significant confidence amongst local business with more than 700 local jobs being supported as part of this project, boosting our economy at a time when it is needed most.
“The Sports Drive to Gateway Motorway section of upgrade was completed last year (2021), including the first section of the V1 Veloway – connecting bike riders with Logan Road, Underwood Road and Camelot Park.
“Once finished and thanks to a combination of extended busway, veloway and extra M1 lanes, the upgrade will see the more than 150,000 drivers who use it daily get home sooner and safer.”
Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen MP, who has been advocating for these upgrades, said:
“I welcome the ongoing progress of the M1 upgrade. Our community is already seeing the improvements from the completion of the M1/M3 Gateway Merge project and the Sports Drive to Gateway Motorway upgrade package.”
“I look forward to the benefits these ongoing upgrades will provide for our community for years to come. This is just another example of the Morrison government delivering for the Logan and Gold Coast communities.”
Member for Waterford Shannon Fentiman said projects like the M1 upgrade supported local suppliers and provided a much needed boost to the economy.
“The Palaszczuk Government is not only delivering a record road and transport infrastructure investment for Queensland, we are doing it in a sustainable way and creating more jobs for Queenslanders,” Ms Fentiman said.
“We’re committed to sourcing local contractors and suppliers, creating local jobs and providing training opportunities to the future generation of road builders.
“It is important we are able to give back social and economic benefits for every cent we invest.”
The upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, with the Australian Government providing $510 million towards the project, and the Queensland Government contributing $240 million.
For more information on the M1 Watland Street to Sports Drive upgrade, go to www.tmr.qld.gov.au/WatlandStreettoSportsDrive.
For up-to-date traffic and road condition information, call 13 19 40, visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au or download the QldTraffic App.
Motorists can also subscribe to receive free SMS or email updates on M1 upgrade progress by calling 1800 974 983 or emailing [email protected].