Tenders for the design and construct contract for the $400 million Ipswich Motorway upgrade from Rocklea to Darra Stage 1 are expected to be awarded within months, with the two shortlisted tenderers having submitted bids.

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure, Paul Fletcher, said two shortlisted tenderers had submitted bids for the design and construction tender.

“Two shortlisted tenders, BMD Constructions Pty Ltd and John Holland Queensland Pty Ltd Joint Venture, and Bielby Hull Albem Joint Venture are vying for the contract,” Mr Fletcher said.

“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.

“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 project will support up to 470 jobs over the life of the project.”

The Ipswich Motorway upgrade is a jointly funded project with the Australian Government and the Queensland Government each committing $200 million.

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