The eight kilometre Dinmore-to-Goodna stretch of the Ipswich Motorway has been completed six months ahead of schedule and under-budget, all part of Queensland’s largest ever Federally-funded road project.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese today joined Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson onsite to officially commission one of Queensland most complex and important road projects.
“As the Federal Infrastructure Minister, I’ve had the privilege to see this project through from beginning to end. In March 2008, I was here to turn the first sod and now today I’m back in town standing beside the product of our investment, a modern, fully completed road,” said Mr Albanese.
“Today marks the fulfilment of an important commitment we made prior to being elected in 2007. When it comes to infrastructure, Federal Labor believes in what it says and delivers what it promises.
“Indeed, so determined to honour our election pledge and rebuild this vital piece infrastructure as quickly as possible, the funding for it was brought forward in our very first budget and further supplemented in our Economic Stimulus Plan.
“This upgrade improves safety and delivers quicker, less frustrating driving conditions for people living in Brisbane’s western suburbs as well as in and around Ipswich. Everyday, this motorway is used by some 90,000 motorists and truck drivers.”
The project delivered a vastly improved motorway and a new network of local service roads, bridges and pedestrian/cycleways to improve connections between local suburbs. It also used more than half a million tonnes of asphalt and more than a million trees were planted.
Mr Emerson said the alliance had done an incredible job getting the road finished early.
“There are more than seven kilometres of service roads and eight kilometres of upgraded motorway,” Mr Emerson said.
“The new motorway has been increased from two to three lanes in each direction, with enough room put aside to expand in the future.
“There are also 26 new or rebuilt bridges and about 24kms of shared pedestrian pathways and cycleways.”
Mr Emerson said the project had overcome a number of major challenges such as three abandoned mines beneath the motorway, rebuilding a major road while it continued to be used and last year’s devastating floods.
He said residents, commuters and commercial drivers were already enjoying the benefits of the upgraded motorway, with smoother trips and more reliable travel times.
At its peak, the Dinmore to Goodna project employed more than 1000 people and was the largest road construction alliance in Australia.
It is the latest and largest of several major transport infrastructure projects built in the western corridor during recent years at a total cost of $5 billion.