26 July 2011

Motorists asked for patience during Goodna off-ramp closure

Media release

Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure
The Honourable Craig Wallace

Motorists are being asked to prepare for changed conditions when an exit ramp off the Ipswich Motorway is temporarily closed at the end of July for six months.

Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said complex construction requirements for the motorway upgrade meant the eastbound exit ramp at Goodna would need to be closed.

"From July 31, eastbound motorists wishing to exit at Goodna will need to turn off earlier at Mine Street, Redbank and use Smiths Road, or use the Logan Motorway exit at Gailes and detour back to Goodna via Brisbane Road," Mr Wallace said.

The ramp will be closed to enable construction of the permanent Brisbane-bound motorway alignment. The Ipswich-bound works were recently completed and the start of Brisbane-bound works through Goodna mark a major step toward completion.

Mr Wallace said he appreciated the temporary change would cause a slightly longer trip for motorists approaching Goodna from the west.

"We've tried to minimise any inconvenience to drivers but the detour is necessary so we can complete this much-needed upgrade," he said.

"It's taken extensive planning to be able to keep motorway traffic flowing while these works are carried out.

"The good news is, the start of the Brisbane-bound carriageway puts the end clearly in sight, pushing us over the halfway mark for this section of the motorway upgrade."

Advertisements, flyers and road signs will signal the change in the days leading up to the exit closure, to give motorists time to plan ahead and make adjustments to their travel plans.

The motorway upgrade remains on track for completion by the end of 2012.

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