Gateway Motorway

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Gateway Motorway
Queensland
General information
Type Highway
Length 48 km (30 mi)
Route number(s)
  • M1
  • (Bald Hills - Eight Mile Plains)
  • M2
  • (Eight Mile Plains - Drewvale)
Major junctions
North end
 
South end
Location(s)
Major settlements Nudgee, Eagle Farm, Belmont, Eight Mile Plains
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in Queensland

The Gateway Motorway (M2 to Eight Mile Plains and M1 to Pine River) is a major motorway in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges (former Gateway Bridge) are owned and operated by Queensland Motorways.

It bypasses Brisbane in order to provide easier access between the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. It runs from the M2 Logan Motorway in Drewvale (near Browns Plains) to the Gympie Arterial Road in Bald Hills. At the interchange with the Pacific Motorway at Eight Mile Plains (Pacific Motorway exit 16), its original terminus pre-1997, the route number changes from M2 (Logan Motorway - Pacific Motorway) to M1 (Pacific Motorway - Bruce Highway (Gympie Arterial Road)). The Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges are part of the Gateway Motorway and the Motorway provides access to the Port of Brisbane, Brisbane Airport and Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

Background[edit]

The motorway was constructed to connect the then-recently opened Gateway Bridge to the Bruce Highway in the north and the Pacific Motorway in the south. Construction on the road commenced in September 1985 and it was opened to traffic in December 1986.

Originally, the route was called the Gateway Arterial Road because the road was not at motorway status, the road passing through three large roundabouts north of the Brisbane River. Therefore, to cope with the heavy traffic, the government began upgrading the road in 1987. Duplication to four lanes and grade-separation was completed in several stages between 1991 and 1995.

In 1995, construction began on a southern extension to the Logan Motorway, creating the Southern Brisbane Bypass. The road was opened to traffic by Vaughan Johnson, then-Minister for Transport and Main Roads, on 13 May 1997.[1] Following this work, the road was renamed Gateway Motorway.

In 2007, construction began on the Gateway Upgrade Project, which duplicated the Gateway Bridge, added a deviation between Eagle Farm and Nudgee and upgraded the motorway south of the river. The duplicate Gateway Bridge was opened on 24 May 2010 and both bridges were renamed the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges. The original bridge was refurbished to match the new structure and was finished on 28 November 2010. The northern deviation was routed east from its old alignment (the old alignment is now named Southern Cross Way) and added a second access road, Moreton Drive, to Brisbane Airport. The deviation opened on 19 July 2009 whilst Moreton Drive opened on 3 December 2009. South of the bridges, the motorway was expanded to 9 lanes up to the Wynnum Road interchange, and 8 lanes to the Old Cleveland Road interchange. From that point the motorway is six lanes up to the Pacific Motorway Merge. The upgrades between Lytton Road and Mount Gravatt-Capalaba Road were completed on 28 January 2010, while the final stage between Mount Gravatt-Capalaba Road and Pacific Motorway (also the final stage of the entire Gateway Motorway Upgrade) was opened to traffic on 30 July 2011.

Upon its original opening, the road did not have a route number. However it gained the Metroad 1 shield in March 1994, before being replaced with M1 in 2005. Manual toll booths were removed and replaced with electronic toll gates (which require vehicles to have a transponder attached to the windscreen) in 2010.

Interchanges[edit]

Gateway Motorway
Northbound exits Exit numbers
(distance from
NSW Border)
Southbound exits
Merge with Gympie Arterial Road
continues as Bruce Highway
to Caboolture, Sunshine Coast, Cairns
127 Start Gateway Motorway
continues from Bruce Highway
Bracken Ridge, to
Bracken Ridge Road
123 Bracken Ridge, Brighton, Sandgate
Bracken Ridge Road
Brighton, Redcliffe
Deagon Deviation
122 no exit
Deagon, Sandgate
Depot Road
120 no exit
Boondall, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall Wetlands
Bicentennial Road
117 Boondall, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall Wetlands
Bicentennial Road
Nudgee, Nudgee Beach, Gateway Travel Centre
Nudgee Road
112 Nudgee, Nudgee Beach
Nudgee Road
no exit 110 Eagle Farm, to
Southern Cross Way
Brisbane Airport
Moreton Drive
108 Brisbane Airport
Moreton Drive
Eagle Farm, Hamilton
Kingsford Smith Drive
106 no exit
Eagle Farm, to
Southern Cross Way
105 no exit
Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges (toll bridge)
Murarrie, Lytton, Port of Brisbane
Port of Brisbane Motorway
103 Murarrie, Lytton
Lytton Road
no exit 102 Port of Brisbane
Port of Brisbane Motorway
Tingalpa, Cannon Hill, Wynnum, Manly
Wynnum Road
100 Tingalpa, Cannon Hill, Wynnum, Manly
Wynnum Road
Carindale, Sleeman Sports Complex, Capalaba, Cleveland
Old Cleveland Road
97 Carindale, Sleeman Sports Complex, Capalaba, Cleveland
Old Cleveland Road
Mackenzie, Wishart, Capalaba, Mount Gravatt
Mount Gravatt - Capalaba Road
92 Mackenzie, Wishart, Capalaba, Mount Gravatt
Mount Gravatt - Capalaba Road
Eight Mile Plains, Eight Mile Plains busway station, Sunnybank
Miles Platting Road
88 Eight Mile Plains, Eight Mile Plains busway station, Sunnybank
Miles Platting Road
no exit 87 Logan, Logan Central
Pacific Motorway
End Start Exit numbers
(distance from
M1/M2 junction,
Eight Mile Plains)
End Start
Underwood, City
Logan Road
1 Underwood, City
Logan Road
TOLL POINT
no exit 4 Kuraby, Runcorn
Compton Road
no exit 9 Logan, Gold Coast
Logan Motorway NSW M6.png
Start Gateway Motorway
continues from Logan Motorway
Merge with Logan Motorway NSW M6.png
continues as Logan Motorway
to Ipswich, Toowoomba

Notes

Distances are approximate and rounded. Measured to ends of the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges.

Southern Cross Way[edit]

Southern Cross Way is a 7 kilometres (4.3 mi), 4 lane motorway which branches from the Gateway Motorway at Eagle Farm before merging back with it at Nudgee. Prior to 2010, Southern Cross Way formed part of the Gateway Motorway before the Gateway Upgrade Project constructed a shorter route (and additional Brisbane Airport access road, Moreton Drive), between those two suburbs. The old, longer motorway section was preserved, connected to the deviation and renamed Southern Cross Way, after the aircraft flown by aviator Charles Kingford Smith, to allow motorists to distinguish between the routes. Southern Cross Way (also colloquially called the 'Old Gateway Motorway') thus follows the previous alignment of the Gateway Motorway between Eagle Farm and Nudgee and has three exits.[2]

Interchanges[edit]

Southern Cross Way
Northbound exits Exit numbers
(not signed)
Southbound exits
Merge with Gateway Motorway
continues to Bruce Highway
to Caboolture, Sunshine Coast, Cairns
5 Start Southern Cross Way
continues from Gateway Motorway
Virginia
Toombul Road
4 Virginia
Toombul Road
Brisbane Airport, Nundah, Clayfield
East-West Arterial Road
3 Brisbane Airport, Nundah, Clayfield
East-West Arterial Road
Eagle Farm, Hamilton
Kingsford Smith Drive
2 Eagle Farm, Hamilton
Kingsford Smith Drive
Start Southern Cross Way
continues from Gateway Motorway
1 Merge with Gateway Motorway
continues to Pacific Motorway
to Gold Coast, Tweed Heads, Gold Coast Airport

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Queensland Motorways Annual Report 1996-1997
  2. ^ AAP. (http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/gateway-renamed-the-southern-cross-way-20100917-15f0l.html "Gateway renamed the Southern Cross Way") Sydney Morning Herald (17 September 2010). Retrieved 30 August 2012.
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