The long awaited upgrade of the road from Darra to Rocklea is set to begin in full next year - but early works will start from June.
The long awaited upgrade of the road from Darra to Rocklea is set to begin in full next year - but early works will start from June. Claudia Baxter

Ipswich Motorway upgrade: 470 jobs up for grabs

INITIAL works on the Ipswich Motorway upgrade will begin next month.

The long awaited upgrade of the road from Darra to Rocklea is set to begin in full next year - but early works will start from June.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced in parliament on Tuesday the government had begun to seek contracts for the design and construction of the upgrade.

Ms Palaszczuk said the $400 million project would create 470 construction jobs.

"The Ipswich Motorway is currently a major source of frustration for more than 85,000 motorists who use this section of the motorway daily, including up to 12,000 trucks," she said.

"The sooner the longstanding congestion and safety issues on the Ipswich Motorway are alleviated, the better it will be for road users and the community," she said. "This project will provide a safer, quicker motorway journey for the motorists and improve national and local freight movements."

Ms Palaszczuk said early works on the upgrade to begin next month would include eastbound off ramps at the Oxley and Blunder roads' roundabout.

"The works at this location will improve the safety of the off-ramp and roundabout by reducing queuing from the ramp extending back to the motorway through lanes," she said.

The motorway upgrade was confirmed when the Federal Government and Opposition both committed to funding the road.
The $400 million cost will be split fifty-fifty between the state and federal governments.

- ARM NEWSDESK


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