Road Photos & Information: Queensland
  Pacific Motorway, Gateway Motorway & Bruce Highway (M1 / A1)

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General Information:

The M1 / A1 corridor is the main coastal route from the NSW border to the northern tip of the east coast of Australia, and links major cities and towns with Brisbane, and beyond the NSW border, Sydney.

Pacific Motorway:

The M1 portion of the Pacific Motorway bypasses the suburban areas of the Gold Coast and outer Brisbane areas, and passes through residential, commercial and industrial areas, and features a number of service roads to cater to some of the industrial and commercial zones.

The section from Brisbane to Springwood is formerly known as the South Eastern Freeway.

The Pacific Motorway passes several Gold Coast tourist attractions such as Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet 'n' Wild Water World, and Dreamworld.

The route features twin tunnels bypass the Tugun area as it crosses into NSW.

Gateway Motorway:

The Gateway Motorway passes through Brisbane's eastern suburbs, and services mostly residential and industrial areas, both north and south of the Brisbane River. It provides access to ports and the airport.

The Gateway Motorway features dual bridges over the Brisbane River, once known as the Gateway Bridges, but now named Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges, named after an Australian senior public servant and administrator. The bridges operate under an electronic tolling system where motorists pay via a transponder or temporary online account.

The bridges have a number of interesting features including: 2

At the time of its completion, the bridge boasted a number of Australian and world class achievements, including:

Bruce Highway:

Bruce Highway is named after former Minister of Public Works, Henry Bruce 3 and connects Brisbane with all coastal regions north of the city.

The route is freeway standard from the Gateway Motorway interchange to Curra, north of Cooroy. From there, the route alternates between single and dual carriageway, and passes through rural, residential, industrial and commercial areas.

History:

Pacific Motorway:

Gateway Motorway:

Bruce Highway:

1 Department of Transport and Main Roads, The State Road Network of Queensland, 30 June 2010
2 Queensland Roads Edition No 1 March 2006
3 Bulldust, Beef & Beyond
4 Logan District History
5 Tyler Bullock
6 Building Brisbane's History: Structure, Sculptures, Stories and Secrets. ISBN 9781921606199
7 Brisbane Times, South-East Queensland transport infrastructure rollout since 1975, 6 July 2010
8 Department of Main Roads Annual Report 1984-1985
9 Department of Main Roads Annual Report 1995-1996
10 The Pacific Motorway Report: An investigation into the actions of the Department of Main Roads in relation to noise and safety issues concerning the Pacific Motorway. ISBN 978-0-9758442-9-8.
11 Department of Transport and Main Roads, Pacific Motorway Upgrade Stage 1 Nerang - Varsity Lakes, April 2007
12 Department of Transport and Main Roads, Media Release, Pacific Motorway Upgrade, Community Update August 2009
13 Department of Transport and Main Roads, Pacific Motorway (M1) upgrade: Springwood (south) to Daisy Hill
14 Department of Transport and Main Roads, Construction Update, Pacific Motorway Upgrade Project, Springwood (south) to Daisy Hill, May 2010.
15 Department of Transport and Main Roads, Media Release, Pacific Motorway Upgrade Start of construction works Pacific Motorway: Fitzgerald Avenue to Shortland Street, April 2013
16 Queensland Cabinet and Ministerial Directory, Media Statements, Additional lanes open on Pacific Motorway, 2 July 2013
17 Queensland Roads, Edition No 8, March 2010
18 Queensland Roads, Edition No 4, September 2007
19 Queensland Motorways Annual Report 1996-1997
20 Queensland Cabinent and Ministerial Directory, Media Statements, Gateway Upgrade Project well underway, 26 September 2007
21Queensland Cabinent and Ministerial Directory, Media Statements, Extra Gateway Motorway lane opens – with more to come, 12 September 2008
22 Queensland Cabinent and Ministerial Directory, Media Statements, Gateway Upgrade delivers seven kilometres of new motorway, 17 July 2009
23 Sydney Morning Herald, Gateway renamed the Southern Cross Way, 17 September 2010
24 Queensland Cabinent and Ministerial Directory, Media Statements, Demolition begins on old Gateway Motorway Overpass, 2 June 2010
25 Nambour Chronicle, 4 October 1929
26 Nambour Chronicle, 8 November 1929
27 Nambour Chronicle, 26 October 1934
28 Nambour Chronicle, 23 November 1934
29 Nambour Chronicle, 21 December 1934
30 Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, North Coast Roadside Rest Areas
31 Nambour Chronicle, 16 June 1939
32 Nambour Chronicle, 8 November 1963
33 Caboolture in the 70s
34 Nambour Chronicle, 20 May 1982
35 Sam Laybutt (Ozroads)
36 Queensland Cabinet and Ministerial Directory, Media Statements, Veales Road Intersection Safety Improvements
37 Queensland Cabinet and Ministeral Directory, Media Statements, New bridge names honour Tully region, 17 November 2009
38 Department of Transport and Main Roads, Main Roads Local Links, In and around Wide Bay/Burnett, May 2009
39 Department of Transport and Main Roads, Projects, Bruce Highway (Cooroy to Curra)
40 Department of Transport and Main Roads, Bruce Highway Upgrade Isis River Bridge, 15 February 2011
41 Department of Transport and Main Roads, Projects, Calliope Crossroads Intersection Upgrade
42 Department of Transport and Main Roads, Projects, Pumicestone Road interchange upgrade
43 Department of Transport and Main Roads, Bruce Highway - Cabbage Tree Creek to Carmans Road, Project Overview, June 2013
44 Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Media Releases, Cardwell Range Realignment Opens to Traffic, 1 November 2013
45 Department of Transport and Main Roads, Projects, Yeppen North Project
46 Department of Transport and Main Roads, Projects, Wrights Creek bridge upgrade
47 Department of Transport and Main Roads, Projects, Yeppen South Project
48 Department of Transport and Main Roads, Projects, Bruce Highway Managed Motorway Project
49 Department of Transport and Main Roads, Projects, Bruce Highway Upgrade (Vantassel to Cluden) Project update, October 2014
50 Sunshine Coast Daily, Drivers no longer dicing with death with safer road, 16 July 2014
51 Department of Transport and Main Roads, Projects, Bruce Highway overtaking lane north of Howard
52 Department of Transport and Main Roads, Projects, Melton Black Drive intersection upgrade project

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