Construction is expected to create 470 jobs.
The state government has committed $200m (£100m) towards the first stage of the upgrade, which is funded jointly with the Australian government. “I’m pleased to announce Stage 1of the Ipswich Motorway upgrade between Rocklea and Darra contract procurement has begun with the call for proposals and registrations of interest,” said state premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. “The Ipswich Motorway is currently a major source of frustration for more than 85,000 motorists who use this section of the motorway daily, including up to 12,000 trucks.”
Main Roads, road safety and ports minister Mark Bailey said that Stage 1 had drawn strong interest from the construction industry. “Industry has a keen eye on the project which ensures there will be healthy competition between proponents,” he said. “We’re asking for innovation and capability from industry to make certain we get a solution that serves road users and delivers value for money.!
The project includes upgrading motorway from four to six lanes, construction of seven new bridges and culverts and a new southern service road connection.
Expressions of interest will close on June 17, 2016. The contract to design and construct Stage 1 of the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade: Rocklea to Darra project will be awarded in early 2017. Pre-construction work is under way and early works activities will start before awarding the major construction contract for the project.