A tender has been awarded to progress business case planning for the upgrade to the Warrego Highway-Mount Crosby Road interchange.
The tender award for GHD Group comes after community feedback reinforced the critical need for capacity and safety upgrades to provide for the local transport system well into the future.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Barnaby Joyce, said the $5 million Mount Crosby Road interchange business case was a priority.
“The Australian and Queensland governments have committed to jointly fund this business case on an 80:20 basis to address safety and congestion concerns at the interchange,” Mr Joyce said.
“We listened to what people had to say about their experiences and concerns, and are now looking at alternative options to deliver a Warrego Highway-Mount Crosby Road upgrade that meets community needs.”
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said further planning would consider current safety risks and predicted future traffic demands.
“There has been substantial growth in Ipswich and surrounding areas, which will be taken into account during this planning process,” Mr Bailey said.
“The revised planning options will consider an alternative crossing over the Warrego Highway and ensure the long-term sustainability of any upgrade.”
Pending the business case outcomes, the Queensland Government will work with the Australian Government to fund the design and build the interchange upgrade.
Queensland senator, Paul Scarr, welcomed the announcement, noting options to improve the existing temporary safety infrastructure would also be investigated.
“The existing closed-circuit television and radar-monitoring equipment near the interchange identify congestion and link to a variable message sign located to the east,” Mr Scarr said.
“This warns motorists of queuing ahead and provides more warning to slow down and drive to the conditions ahead.
“Additional safety measures may also include temporary variable speed limit signs and supporting infrastructure.
“The variable speed limit signs would display a reduced speed on the Warrego Highway when a queue spills back from the off-ramps at the Mount Crosby Road interchange, supporting drivers travelling from both the east and west approaches.”
State Member for Ipswich West, Jim Madden, said existing protected road corridors would also be factored in, including the Moggill Pocket Arterial corridor.
“To maximise the value of this planning process, we’ll be identifying all options to set the region up for success.
“Locals will be kept up to date with the outcomes of this planning process and any future construction.”
For more information about the Warrego Highway-Mount Crosby Road interchange upgrade project or to view the consultation summary report, visit the project webpage at www.tmr.qld.gov.au and search ‘Mt Crosby Road upgrade’.