The State Government has released new footage of the next M1 upgrades between Burleigh and Palm Beach.

Early works are underway to widen both north and southbound lanes through that corridor, with construction works to begin once the current works through Mudgeeraba are complete.

The $1 billion project is a lot bigger than the current upgrades taking place through Mudgeeraba, and is expected to create 850 jobs.

There will also be a two-way service road between Tallebudgera and Palm Beach to lighten the load on the M1 itself.

Gaven MP Meaghan Scanlon says it’s a ‘game changer’ upgrade.

“Not only the southern Gold Coast commuters but also the national freight network and also our tourism industry, you know lots of visitors use the M1 to get to and from businesses particularly in the south.

“So this will be welcome news I think to everyone on the Gold Coast that these upgrades are well and truly progressing through.

“It’s a significant piece of work – it’s larger than the Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes section, so there will be a little bit of pain while we have those upgrades, but the long term gain I think is a huge win for Gold Coast motorists, particularly those people living in the south.

“Early works have already started, but we’re hoping to see major construction start before the end of this year,” Ms Scanlon said.

The State Government will also be holding a serious of information sessions about the upgrades, over the next couple of weeks.

For more information about where those sessions will be held, click here.

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