The first construction contract for the $1 billion Pacific Motorway upgrade has been awarded to Seymour Whyte Constructions.
The contract works will include widening the motorway from two to three lanes in each direction, extending entry and exit ramps and rebuilding the Burleigh Interchange into a diverging diamond interchange between Varsity Lakes and Burleigh.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said by keeping work flowing on M1 projects and others like it, the government was investing in the community during this difficult period.
“The construction industry plays an essential role in supporting Queensland jobs,” Palaszczuk said.
“Fighting COVID-19 is the major focus of my government right now but we will keep investing in major infrastructure right across Queensland.”
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Palaszczuk said 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.
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.