The Department of Transport and Main Roads is upgrading the eastern end of the Ipswich Motorway between Rocklea and Darra in a staged approach addressing congestion and delivering value for money on one of Queensland’s major motorways.
Stage 1 is a 3km section of the Ipswich Motorway from Granard Road, Rocklea to Oxley Road, Oxley. This is the next most critical section of the remaining 7kms of the Ipswich Motorway still to be upgraded.
Stage 1 includes:
- upgrading the motorway from 4 to 6 lanes
- higher bridges over Oxley Creek, including 7 new bridges
- new southern service road connection from Rocklea industrial precinct to the Oxley commercial and retail areas
- new northern service road connection over Oxley Creek floodplain
- new traffic signals at the Suscatand Street intersection.
The project will improve travel time, reliability, safety, local connectivity and flood immunity by:
- providing safer access to and from the motorway
- increasing the motorway’s capacity
- constructing higher bridges over the Oxley Creek area to improve flood immunity
- providing improved active transport facilities
- providing better local road connectivity.
This section of motorway is a very constrained corridor, passing through high density commercial industrial precincts between Granard Road and Oxley Road. Works will be staged to effectively manage the upgrade of the motorway while under live traffic conditions.
Over 85,000 vehicles use the motorway daily including 12,000 commercial vehicles travelling to their destinations highlighting the need to keep road users moving.
This $400 million package aims to address the major concerns received by the department during consultation with the community in 2012.