The State Government is inviting industry to bid for work on a $400 million road project in South East Queensland.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her government had committed $200 million towards the first stage of upgrading the Ipswich Motorway, matched with Federal Government funding.
“I’m pleased to announce Stage 1 of the Ipswich Motorway upgrade between Rocklea and Darra contract procurement has begun with the call for proposals and registrations of interest,” she said.
“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.
“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.”
The project is expected to create 470 jobs in construction.
Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Minister Mark Bailey said the contract to design and construct Stage 1 of the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade: Rocklea to Darra project would be awarded in early 2017.
“In the meantime, we are well under way with preconstruction and have identified early works activities which can start before awarding the major construction contract for the project,” he said.
“Some early works include the safety improvement works on the motorway’s eastbound off-ramp to the roundabout at Oxley and Blunder roads starting in June.”
The project includes:
- upgrading the motorway from four to six lanes
- seven new bridges and major culverts including higher bridges at Oxley Creek to improve flood immunity
- new southern service road connection from Rocklea industrial precinct to the Oxley commercial and retail areas
- new traffic signals at the Suscatand St intersection.
Expressions of interest will close on June 17, 2016.