As the busiest road in all of Queensland, the Pacific Motorway has an average of almost 150,000 vehicles travelling daily on the highway. And now that Labor has won the election, construction of the highly anticipated Coomera Connector upgrade is guaranteed to go ahead.
The Coomera Connector will provide a 42km stretch of 6 lane highway that runs parallel to M1 between Loganholme and Nerang. Stage 1 of the new north-south corridor located to the east of the existing Pacific Motorway will begin construction as early as mid-next year.
This major road project for the Gold Coast, which is sometimes called the Second M1, aims to significantly reduce the amount of traffic congestion that is often on the Pacific Motorway, especially during rush hour.
The Coomera Connector will include provisions for both public transport as well as a shared path encouraging more active methods of transport such as walking and cycling. Not only will the new roadwork reduce travel time by increasing traffic flow with up to 60,000 less vehicles on the M1 each day, but it will also contribute extra funds to the economy with support for 700 additional new jobs.
This new project is part of Queensland Labor’s $830 million infrastructure package for the Gold Coast, which includes further construction of light rail and an upgrade to the Ormeau exit ramp. While the Palaszczuk Government promised $755 million to fund the First Stage, this only covers around half of the total budget, with the remaining half expected to come from the Federal Government.
Labor has also started a preliminary evaluation regarding the future transport and traffic requirements of the M1 motorway between Daisy Hill and Logan. While this project is currently only in the planning phase, it is quite likely to be approved and become Stage 3 of the upgrade program for the M1 North.