THE $400 million Ipswich Motorway Upgrade from Rocklea to Darra Stage 1 is on schedule with the tender for design and construction to be awarded in the coming months, the Australian and Queensland governments announced last week.
Federal Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher said two shortlisted tenderers had submitted bids for the design and construction tender: BMD Constructions Pty Ltd and John Holland Queensland Pty Ltd Joint Venture, and Bielby Hull Albem Joint Venture.
"The outcome will deliver a value-for-money solution for upgrading the three-kilometre section of the motorway between Granard Road and Oxley Road from four to six lanes," Mr Fletcher said.
"On completion the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade from Rocklea to Darra will provide safer, quicker and more reliable journeys for motorists and improve national and local freight movements."
Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the upgrade was one of South East Queensland's most significant road projects.
"This brings us a step closer to alleviating congestion which is a major source of frustration for the 85,000 road users who travel along the Ipswich Motorway daily.
"Works will also involve raising the motorway bridges across the Oxley Creek area to improve the flood immunity of the corridor. This is a milestone towards our goal of improving traffic flow and keeping people moving.
"This upgrade is part of our broader strategy to improve transport networks, and supports the expansion of the existing Acacia Ridge freight intermodal terminal and further plans to develop the Western Corridor between Brisbane and Ipswich," Mr Bailey said
The Ipswich Motorway Upgrade is a jointly funded project with the Australian Government and the Queensland Government each committing $200 million.