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Ipswich Motorway Upgrade: Rocklea to Darra Stage 1 project


Rocklea to Darra - 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.


The Australian and Queensland governments have committed funds for the $400 million upgrade on a 50:50 basis.

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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 reducing traffic and delivering value for money on one of Queensland's major motorways.

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

Rocklea to Darra - 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
  • providing improved active transport facilities
  • providing better local road connectivity.

Stage 1 detailed design map: February 2018 

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

Project news

Boundary Road Connection

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is pleased to advise that the Boundary Road Connection will be constructed as part of the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade: Rocklea to Darra – Stage 1 project.

This 1.5km missing link across the Oxley Creek floodplain will connect Boundary Road, Rocklea across the Oxley Floodplain through to the Blunder Road intersection at Oxley.

In addition to improving local connectivity, the Boundary Road Connection will ease congestion and reduce travel times on the Ipswich Motorway by removing local trips from the motorway. It will also improve safety and response to major motorway traffic incidents by creating an alternative parallel route for emergency services and general traffic.


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.


The Australian Government and Queensland Governments are committed to managing the design and construction of the project in a manner that fully considers environmental outcomes and supports an ecologically sustainable development.

Sustainable outcomes including considering the motorway’s neighbours, reducing waste and thinking long term will be a focus for the project during design and construction.

To achieve these outcomes, the project is aiming to meet the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) rating of ‘excellent’.

During the design and construction of this project we will:

  • improve safety and efficiency of the motorway network
  • minimise disruption to traffic during construction
  • support and be responsive to the needs of stakeholders and the local community
  • implement effective management systems for workplace health and safety, environment, sustainability and quality management
  • minimise negative impacts on the environment associated with the Project
  • maintain air, water and land quality by reducing and eliminating harmful emissions
  • reduce energy, water and waste during the design and construction phases
  • support local industry participation and provide workforce development opportunities
  • engage suppliers and sub-contractors who can demonstrate environmental credentials.

Project timeline

March 2016 Project announced
June 2016 Start of tendering phase
November 2016 Start of early works—public utility service relocations
April 2017 Contract awarded and start of detailed design
Late October 2017 Start of construction
Mid-2018 Detailed design due for completion
Late 2020 Construction due for completion

Traffic info

The first major traffic switch as part of the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade: Rocklea to Darra, Stage 1 project will be implemented on 28/29 July 2018 (weather and construction conditions permitting).

As part of the final preparation for the switch the barriers at the old Donaldson Road exit ramp will be opened up and eastbound motorway traffic will be temporarily diverted on to Ipswich Road (northern service road), rejoining the motorway at the Suscatand Street entry ramp.

This temporary diversion will be in place from 7pm on 28 July to 8am on 29 July, 2018 (weather and construction conditions permitting).

Community info

The project’s Customer and Stakeholder Management team is committed to listening to stakeholders and values all community feedback during the project’s construction.

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Contact details

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

Publications and factsheets



2018 eNewsletter

Winning tender announced

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

Media gallery

Full project fly through

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Building Information Modelling videos

Technical fly throughs showing bridge structures.

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Last updated
06 August 2018