The project, also known as the Intra-Regional Transport Corridor, would see a multi-lane road constructed on a preserved 36km corridor between Stapylton-Jacobs Well Road at Staplyton and Nerang-Broadbeach Road in Nerang.
RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said more than 140,000 vehicles travelled on the M1 every day and an alternative corridor would relieve some of the pressure.
“There are practical limits on how many lanes you can expand to on the M1 and when you’re having to consider resuming land, the cost can go through the roof,” Mr Turner said.
“It’s obvious we need to have a secondary route, and this plan allows the road to be built with little disruption to motorists currently travelling between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, which is certainly a positive.”
Mr Turner said RACQ also supported the implementation of public and active transport for the route.
State LNP Leader Tim Nicholls said motorists were sick of the current levels of congestion on the M1 and today launched a petition to pressure the State Government into building the new road.
“With only a single dual lane bridge over the Pimpama, Nerang and Coomera rivers, accidents mean the M1 is a parking lot within minutes – demonstrating clearly that an alternative is needed,” Mr Nicholls said.
“This new corridor is wide enough for at least four general traffic lanes and could include facilities for public transport and paths for walking and cycling.”