The Queensland Government is welcoming expressions of interest for an updated Ipswich Motorway masterplan and the development of a business case for the Oxley Interchange upgrade.

An updated masterplan for the remaining three-kilometre section of the Ipswich Motorway between Oxley and Darra, along with a business case for the first package to upgrade the Oxley Interchange, will assist in delivering safer and more reliable travel times.

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said the motorway is an important connecting road for many South East Queenslanders and the State Government wants to make sure it continues to function as the population grows.

“The updated masterplan for the final stretch, which will build on previous plans, will aim to make the motorway easier for motorists in the corridor between Oxley and Darra,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

The $25 million planning phase is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments on a 50:50 basis.

The $400 million Ipswich Motorway Upgrade – Rocklea to Darra (Stage 1 Granard Road to Oxley Road) opened April 2021.

Queensland State Member for Mount Ommaney, Jess Pugh, said, “Demand for the Ipswich Motorway is only going to increase as our population continues to grow, so moving towards making it safer and more efficient is great news.”

The masterplan is part of the Queenslnd Government’s almost $3.9 billion, four-year road and transport plan for Greater Brisbane, supporting 3,280 jobs.

“In 2021 we completed the $80 million Sumners Road Interchange upgrade on the Centenary Motorway and this year work is starting on the $298 million Centenary Bridge duplication,” Ms Pugh said.

Planning is expected to be complete in mid-2024.

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