Ipswich Motorway upgrade to begin early 2009

Queensland Government sets date for Ipswich Motorway upgrade to slash congestion levels

Work will begin early next year on a billion-dollar upgrade to the Ipswich Motorway to ease traffic congestion between Dinmore and Goodna.

The highway will be increased from four to six lanes and service roads will be constructed to reduce the need for local traffic to use the motorway for short trips.

Premier Anna Bligh says the eight kilometres of road to be upgraded, while 17 bridges will be demolished and 31 new bridges will be built.

Work is expected to begin in February 2009.

"These measures will ease traffic congestion and improve safety," she says.

"It also means some relief from congestion for the 90,000 motorists who drive this route every day."

An amalgamation of construction companies, including Origin Alliance, Seymour Whyte Constructions and SMEC Australia, will complete the $1.1 billion project.

Bligh says the team was formed following a rigorous open market selection process.

Minister for Roads Warren Pitt says the project team will undertake a number of studies, such as stakeholder consultations, environmental approvals and lad acquisitions.

The project team is expected in the coming weeks to carry out technical investigations to help plan for construction.

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