Shayne Neumann MP
Federal Member for Blair

Australian Labor
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WORK SET TO BEGIN ON FIRST STAGE OF IPSWICH MOTORWAY UPGRADE

21/04/2017

The Ipswich Motorway upgrade is a step closer to completion with the contract awarded for the $400 million Ipswich Motorway Upgrade from Rocklea to Darra Stage 1.

The upgrade will boost the capacity of the Ipswich Motorway from four lanes to six between Rocklea and Oxley to improve safety and reliability in welcome news for the over 85,000 cars and 12,000 trucks that use the road daily.

The $400 million project contract was awarded to Brisbane based Bielby Hull Albem Joint Venture.

Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann MP said that the upgrade would see an end to a major source of frustration for the Ipswich residents who used the road each day and that he was looking forward to seeing the long overdue work get underway.

“For too long, the Ipswich Motorway has been one of the worst bottlenecks in the region, delaying the many Ipswich residents and businesses that rely on this road.

“When people and goods can’t get to their destination on time it hurts businesses, it hurts productivity and it hurts families.

“I’m proud to have fought hard to see Ipswich get this desperately needed infrastructure upgrade and am grateful that the Palaszczuk Labor Government has come to the table to bring some welcome relief to my constituents.”

Federal Member for Oxley Milton Dick MP hailed the announcement as a win for the Mums and Dads who use the motorway to get to and from work every day.

“Following years of inaction by the Abbott and Turnbull Governments, countless Ipswich Mums and Dads have spent their mornings and afternoons parked on the Ipswich Motorway instead of at home with their loved ones.

“This $400 Million project will get traffic moving faster and families home sooner.

“I’m pleased that Annastacia Palaszczuk and her Government have gotten on with the job of delivering the infrastructure my constituents need.”