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Construction now underway on $2B Coomera Connector

Artist's impression of Coomera Connector. Image courtesy of TMR Queensland.

Construction works have now kicked off on the $2.16 billion Coomera Connector (Second M1), Queensland’s largest single road project.

The works will see the development of the first stage of the 16-kilometre Coomera Connector, creating a ‘second M1’ to remove up to 60,000 local trips a day from the M1 Pacific Motorway, south of Brisbane.

The new road will be an alternative to the M1, providing more transport capacity to support the growing residential and business communities in the northern Gold Coast and neighbouring Logan areas. It will also mean more reliable travel times between Brisbane and the Gold Coast by alleviating congestion on the M1.

Early works to prepare for construction, between Shipper Drive, Coomera and Helensvale Road, have been ongoing since November 2021.

The first stage of the project will be delivered in three construction packages: Stage 1 North: Shipper Drive, Coomera to Helensvale Road, Helensvale (now underway), Stage 1 Central: Helensvale Road, Helensvale to Smith Street Motorway, Molendinar (expected to start later this year) and Stage 1 South: Smith Street Motorway, Molendinar to Nerang-Broadbeach Road, Nerang (in design).


 

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A new, 1-kilometre-long, Coomera River bridge crossing is a key feature of the first package, along with a four-metre-wide shared active transport path.

The Australian and Queensland governments have each committed $1.08 billion to the $2.16 billion to plan and build Coomera Connector Stage 1 between Coomera and Nerang.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the project would support 1000 local jobs.

“As one of the fastest growing regions in the country, this vital road project will get Queenslanders home safer and sooner than ever before,” she said.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King said works on the project will ramp up in the coming months.

“We know congestion is a significant issue for the region – it’s a drain on the economy and frustrating for families, which is why we’re getting on with delivering this critical piece of infrastructure,” King said.

The Second M1 will open progressively from 2025.

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