First Construction Contract Awarded for $1b Motorway Upgrade

Seymour Whyte Constructions have won the first construction contract for the $1 billion Pacific Motorway Upgrade. 

The huge contract will involve the widening of the motorway to three lanes from two in each direction, extending exit and entry ramps and rebuilding the Burleigh Interchange into a diverging diamond interchange between Burleigh and Varsity Lakes. 

The State Government has indicated that keeping work flowing on the M1 projects and others like it is crucial in supporting the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The construction industry plays an essential role in supporting Queensland jobs,”

“Fighting COVID-19 is the major focus of my government right now but we will keep investing in major infrastructure right across Queensland.” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said. 

The Varsity Lakes to Tugun works, set to support nearly 850 jobs at a time, have been described as 'critical' for the economy during the pandemic. 

Federal Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge said 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,” Tudge said.

The Pacific Motorway Upgrade Program, Varsity Lakes to Tugun is jointly funded by the Federal and Queensland governments.

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