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Ipswich Motorway Upgrade: Rocklea to Darra Stage 1 (Granard Road to Oxley Road) project


Stage 1 is the 3km upgrade of the Ipswich Motorway between Granard Road, Rocklea and Oxley Road, Oxley.


Ipswich Motorway between Granard Road and Oxley Road, Rocklea/Oxley.

  • Reliability – improved traffic flow and reduced congestion creating more reliable, consistent travel times.
  • Safety – upgraded road safety on the motorway with improved sight distances, safer access to and from the motorway.
  • Connectivity – enhanced local connectivity for all road users, pedestrians and cyclists with new service road connectors reducing the need for local trips on the motorway.
  • Flood immunity – improving the motorway’s flood immunity by constructing higher bridges over Oxley Creek.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is managing the project through the pre-construction, procurement and construction phases.


The Australian and Queensland governments have committed funds for the upgrade.

Metropolitan Region

Project info

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is upgrading the eastern end of the Ipswich Motorway between Rocklea and Darra in a staged approach addressing congestion and delivering value for money on one of Queensland's major motorways.

Stage 1 is a 3km section of the Ipswich Motorway from Granard Road, Rocklea to Oxley Road, Oxley. This is the next most critical section of the remaining 7kms of the Ipswich Motorway still to be upgraded.

Stage 1 includes:

  • upgrading the motorway from 4 to 6 lanes
  • higher bridges over Oxley Creek, including 7 new bridges
  • new southern service road connection from Rocklea industrial precinct to the Oxley commercial and retail areas
  • new northern service road connection over Oxley Creek floodplain
  • new traffic signals at the Suscatand Street intersection.

The project will improve travel time, reliability, safety, local connectivity and flood immunity by:

  • providing safer access to and from the motorway
  • increasing the motorway's capacity
  • constructing higher bridges over the Oxley Creek area to improve flood immunity
  • providing improved active transport facilities
  • providing better local road connectivity.

Stage 1 concept map: March 2017

This section of motorway is a very constrained corridor, passing through high density commercial industrial precincts between Granard Road and Oxley Road. Works will be staged to effectively manage the upgrade of the motorway while under live traffic conditions.

Over 85,000 vehicles use the motorway daily including 12,000 commercial vehicles travelling to their destinations highlighting the need to keep road users moving. 

This $400 million package aims to address the major concerns received by the department during consultation with the community in 2012.

The need for upgrading further stages of the Ipswich Motorway to the west of Oxley Road is recognised. However, like all projects, further stages are subject to road network priorities and the availability of funds.


The Rocklea to Darra preferred upgrade option is part of the master plan to finish the full 19km upgrade of the Ipswich Motorway and will tie into already completed upgrades in the western corridor. 

The preferred upgrade option released in 2012. For more background information, please visit our Ipswich Motorway Planning Study Darra to Rocklea page.

Contact details

Phone: 1800 204 990 (Freecall)
Post: Ipswich Motorway Upgrade: Rocklea to Darra
Stage 1, Package 1 (Granard Road and Oxley Road) project
PO Box 70
Spring Hill QLD 4004
(no stamp required)

Latest news

Winning tender announced

Queensland based Bielby Hull Albem Joint Venture was announced as the winning tenderer on Thursday 20 April 2017.

The project will now enter into detailed design with construction expected to commence later this year. 

Service relocation works

The relocation of critical above and underground services along the Ipswich Road service road between Boundary Road, Rocklea and Bannerman Street at Oxley will soon be underway.

The works within this footprint will relocate gas, water, telecommunications and electrical services to make way for the major road upgrade.

Works started in mid-November 2016 and are expected to continue through to December 2017 (weather, site and construction condition permitting). Further minor service relocation works may be undertaken during the rest of the construction period for the project.

Generally the works will be carried out between 6am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

For more information, please view our service updates.

Land and property resumptions including hardship applications

The department is consulting with business and property owners affected by land requirements. In 2015 the scope for the first package was reduced altering the land requirements for the project. This means there some changes to land and property resumptions since the initial public announcement and consultation with affected property owners in 2011.

The department's Property Officers will be pleased to assist if you have any queries on resumption matters. Please phone 1800 806 414 (freecall) for further information.

Noise attenuation

The department has policies and strategies to assess and manage the level of noise across the state-controlled road network. The department's Transport Noise Management: Code of Practice outlines how to manage the impact of road traffic noise on the community.

The department can only consider properties which are affected by existing or planned state-controlled roads.

The project team has undertaken an assessment of the potential noise impacts associated with the upgrade and will be in contact with any affected properties soon.

For further information about the assessment, design and management of the impact of road traffic noise along State-controlled roads visit our Transport Noise Management: Code of Practice page.

Last updated
05 May 2017