A milestone on the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade at Oxley has been reached, with a major traffic switch now complete.
More than 85,000 daily motorists will shift onto raised, wider lanes, making way for the old westbound bridges to be demolished.
The switch is a key part of upgrading the motorway from four to six lanes between Granard Road, Rocklea and east of Oxley Road Interchange.
Queensland Premier and Member for Inala Annastacia Palaszczuk said the $400 million project, was supporting more than 470 local jobs.
Paul Scarr, Senator for Queensland, said the proposed works would enable future economic growth through improving the network for transport.
“Once completed, the upgrade will increase travel times and reliability for the transport of vital goods and services for businesses and consumers,” Senator Scarr said.
The major infrastructure project in Brisbane’s west is jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Queensland State Government, which is expected to be completed in late 2020. A flythrough has been released showing what the project will eventually look like.
The project is aimed at addressing congestion for a 3km section of the Ipswich Motorway, located between Granard Road in Rocklea to the Oxley Road Interchange in Oxley. Another 7km of Ipswich Motorway still envisaged upgraded.
The project is for a 3km section of the Ipswich Motorway located between Granard Road in Rocklea to the Oxley Road Interchange in Oxley, with another 7km of Ipswich Motorway still to be upgraded.
– Upgrading the motorway from 4 to 6 lanes
– Higher bridges over Oxley Creek, including 7 new bridges
– New southern service road connections
– New traffic signals at the Suscatand Street intersection
– Providing safer access to and from the motorway
– Increasing the motorway’s capacity
– Constructing higher bridges over the Oxley Creek area
– Providing improved active transport facilities
– Providing better local road connectivity.
|March 2016||Project announced|
|June 2016||Start of tendering phase|
|November 2016||Start of early works—public utility service relocations|
|April 2017||Contract awarded and start of detailed design|
|Late October 2017||Start of construction|
|Mid-2018||Detailed design due for completion|
|Late 2020||Construction due for completion|
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Source: Information, Drawings and Images
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Images: DTMR Project Link
Video: Project Flyover
Media Release: State government Media Statement
Media Release: Ipswich motorway upgrade flips the switch
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