Ipswich Motorway Upgrade: Rocklea to Darra – Stage 1
The Ipswich Motorway Upgrade: Rocklea to Darra – Stage 1 Project, involves the construction of a 3km section of one of Brisbane’s busiest arterials, upgrading the motorway from 4 to 6 lanes, constructing 7 new bridges and a new 1.5km local connection road.
The $400 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments, each committing $200 million. The project covers a 3km section of the Ipswich Motorway between Granard Road, Rocklea to east of Oxley Road, Oxley. This is the most critical section of the remaining 7kms of the motorway still to be upgraded. In April 2017, TMR appointed Bielby Hull Albem Joint Venture (BHA JV), a Queensland-owned joint venture, as the contractor for the upgrade. Construction is expected to be completed by late 2020.
- $400m project funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments
- 3km highway upgrade
- 7 new bridges across a flood plain
The project covers a 3km section of the Ipswich Motorway between Granard Road, Rocklea to east of Oxley Road, Oxley and is a critical section of the remaining 7kms of the Ipswich Motorway still to be upgraded.
Forming one of Brisbane’s busiest arterials the Ipswich Motorway carries approximately 85,000 vehicles each day and services residential, industrial and commercial neighbourhoods, providing an essential link between Ipswich and the city’s southern suburbs.
Rocklea to Darra – Stage 1 includes:
- upgrading the motorway from 4 to 6 lanes
- higher bridges over Oxley Creek, including 7 new bridges
- new 1.5km Boundary Road Connection Road linking Boundary Road, Rocklea across the Oxley floodplain through to the Blunder Road intersection at Oxley
- new northern service road over the Oxley Creek floodplain
- new traffic signals at the Suscatand Street intersection.
Constructed in a flood plain the project will have numerous benefits for users and the wider community including:
- providing safer access to and from the motorway
- increasing the motorway’s capacity
- constructing higher bridges over the Oxley Creek area
- providing improved active transport facilities
- providing better local road connectivity.
The upgrade follows the route of the first crossing of Oxley Creek, planned in 1845-46.
With any project of this scale, Bielby and our partners are investing heavily in community engagement, project methodologies and technologies to ensure that a major piece of transport infrastructure is delivered to the high standards that we are known for.
Construction is progressing in line with the project schedule and is expected to be completed by late 2020. You can keep up with progress and the latest information on the project by visiting our news section or following us on LinkedIn.