Ipswich Motorway upgrade completed

The Ipswich Motorway upgrade has been completed, paving the way for safer conditions and faster travel times

May 16, 2012

The Ipswich Motorway upgrade in Queensland has been ticked off the Federal Government’s agenda, with the project completed six months ahead of schedule.

Started in 2008, the project upgraded 8km of motorway and more than 7km of service roads. The motorway was increased from two to three lanes in each direction, with enough room to expand it in future.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says the upgrade delivered a vastly improved motorway along with a new network of local service roads, bridges and cycleways to improve connections between local suburbs.

"This upgrade improves safety and delivers quicker, less frustrating driving conditions for people living in Brisbane’s western suburbs as well as in and around Ipswich. Everyday, this motorway is used by some 90,000 motorists and truck drivers," he says.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson says drivers are already enjoying the benefits of the upgraded road, with smoother trips and more reliable travel times.

He says the project included 26 new or rebuilt bridges and about 24km of shared pedestrian pathways and cycleways.

Emerson says the construction team had to contend with a number of major challenges, including three abandoned mines beneath the motorway, rebuilding a major road while it continued to be used and last year’s devastating floods.

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