Jul 16, 2009

Free-flowing traffic at Centenary Highway interchange

Free-Flowing traffic at Centenary Highway interchange

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

July 7 2009

The opening of new right-hand turn movements from the Centenary Highway to the Ipswich Motorway signalled a significant milestone in the transformation of the western corridor, Queensland Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace and Federal Member for Oxley Bernie Ripoll said.

"The days of queuing at the intersection of the Centenary Highway and the Ipswich Motorway ended when the signalised roundabout was permanently removed during works from 12 to 15 June," Mr Wallace said.

"Since then, motorists travelling from the Centenary Highway to the Ipswich Motorway have been using free-flowing right turn movements on a temporary alignment.

"An intensive works program has been underway, making the link for motorists travelling from the Centenary Highway to the Ipswich Motorway even smoother.

"There will be on-going works to complete the interchange by January 2010, but while these works continue, I’m pleased to say traffic will be moving from the Centenary Highway to the Ipswich Motorway using free-flowing movements."

Mr Ripoll said both the federal and state governments were committed to providing innovative road design and construction solutions to Queensland communities, industry and business.

"The delivery of a multi-level, free-flowing interchange at the intersection of the Centenary Highway and Ipswich Motorway reflects that," he said.

"Through the May Budget, the Rudd Labor Government invested an extra $124 million for stage two of the Wacol to Darra upgrade to ensure further work could get underway swiftly.

"The Federal Government is funding the upgrade of the Ipswich Motorway as part of its commitment to provide a safe, national road system that will serve the state well into the future."

"We’ve also seen the start of major construction works on the Dinmore to Goodna section of the Ipswich Motorway upgrade, and the Ipswich/Logan Interchange is scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of 2009.

Mr Wallace said seeing traffic flowing freely through what was once a notorious bottleneck signified a major milestone for the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade from Wacol to Darra, and underscored the outstanding progress being made in the western corridor.

"With the recent opening of the Centenary Highway Extension from Springfield to Yamanto and the start of major construction on Stage 2 of the Wacol to Darra project, this is an exciting time for projects in the western corridor," he said.

"This project will also sustain employment for about 2,498 direct and indirect jobs throughout the life of the project, which is great news for both the western corridor and greater Queensland communities.

"I would like to thank local communities and motorists for their continued understanding and patience as a range of vital projects move forward."