The M2/M6 Logan Motorway is a 30-kilometre toll road between Ipswich and the M1 or Pacific Motorway at Loganholme, and the Gateway Motorway, providing access to the Gold Coast on the eastern seaboard and to the rural areas of the Darling Downs to the west. The M6 portion runs from the Pacific Motorway to the junction with the Gateway extension where it then becomes the M2
The road is operated and owned by Transurban. Electronic free-flow tolling was implemented in 2009. Three toll points are located along this transport corridor at Stapylton Road and Loganlea Road on the Logan Motorway and at Kuraby on the Gateway Extension. Most of this road was formally Metroad 4 prior to the Gateway Motorway extension in 1997.
The Logan Motorway Act of 1987 permitted a franchise period of 30 years from completion of construction. The original owner was the Logan Motorway Company Ltd.
It originally opened as a two-lane motorway on 13 December 1988, and was upgraded to four in two stages. The first stage of the duplication (Ipswich Motorway to Wembley Road) was completed in December 1996, followed by the second (Wembley Road to Pacific Motorway) on 23 May 2000. The Gateway Motorway was linked in 1997.
In 2015, the road was deemed to be a traffic bottleneck. It was exceeding its planned capacity with up to 60,000 vehicles per day using the motorway. Late in the same year it was announced that Transurban will upgrade the Logan Motorway will undergo a $450 million upgrade expected to be constructed from 2016 through to 2019.
Exits and interchanges
LGA Location km mi Destinations Notes Brisbane–Ipswich boundary Wacol–Gailes boundary 0 0.0 Ipswich Motorway (State Route M2) west – Ipswich, Toowoomba Western motorway terminus: continues as Ipswich Motorway westbound; no access to Ipswich Motorway north-eastbound or from Ipswich Motorway south-westbound 0.5 0.31 Brisbane Road – Goodna, Redbank Plains Westbound exit and eastbound entrance Carole Park 0.8 0.50 Formation Street – Camira, Carole Park Eastbound exit and westbound entrance 2 1.2 Boundary Road – Carole Park, Wacol Westbound exit and eastbound entrance Brisbane Forest Lake 3.4 2.1 Centenary Motorway (State Route M5) – Springfield, Jindalee, Brisbane No eastbound exit to M5 northbound; no westbound entrance from M5 southbound 7 4.3 Heathwood toll point Heathwood 8.2 5.1 Stapylton Road (State Route 35) – Forestdale, Forest Lake Larapinta 10.9 6.8 Paradise Road – Acacia Ridge, Forestdale Toll Point Parkinson–Drewvale boundary 13.9 8.6 Beaudesert Road – Acacia Ridge, Brisbane, Regents Park, Beaudesert Parclo Interchange Drewvale 15.8 9.8 Gateway Motorway (State Route M2) north – Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Brisbane Airport Trumpet interchange; Route transition: M2 westbound, Metroad 6 eastbound Logan Berrinba 16.9 10.5 Wembley Road (State Route 50) – Browns Plains, Logan Central Wembley Road toll point was under the bridge. Loganlea 22.7 14.1 Kingston Road (State Route 95) via Jutland Street & Station Road – Bethania, Underwood Eastbound exit and entrance via Jutland Street, westbound exit and entrance via Station Road Meadowbrook 24.2 15.0 Loganlea Road – Daisy Hill, Loganlea Westbound exit and entrance 24.5 15.2 University Drive to Loganlea Road – Daisy Hill, Loganlea Eastbound exit and entrance 25.2 15.7 Loganlea toll point Tanah Merah–Loganholme boundary 29.3 18.2 Drews Road Loganholme 29.8 18.5 Pacific Highway frontage road – Loganholme, Brisbane Eastbound exit is via Drews Road ramp 30.3 18.8 Pacific Motorway (State Route M1) south – Gold Coast, Ballina, Gold Coast Airport Eastern terminus: continues as Pacific Motorway southbound; no access to M1 northbound or from M1 southbound
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