14 April 2010

Ipswich Motorway upgrade from Wacol to Darra opens Sunday

THE Ipswich Motorway upgrade between Wacol and Darra will be commissioned on Sunday, nine months ahead of schedule.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Queensland Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace will officially open the new $824 million six-lane section of the motorway with a party including live entertainment and rock climbing.

``I would encourage local residents to join us to celebrate this significant milestone in our $2.5 billion upgrade of the Ipswich Motorway, one of the biggest road projects currently underway anywhere in the country,'' said Mr Albanese.

Mr Wallace said the community open day will be a great opportunity to see the large construction project up close.

``I would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their patience and cooperation while we've been working hard to deliver this important congestion-busting road project as quickly as possible,'' said Mr Wallace.

The upgrade of the entire Motorway between Darra to Dinmore is expected to be completed by 2012.

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