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

Community info

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 maywill 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 Saturday.

For more information, please view our March 2017 notification.

Investigative works

Investigatory works are underway on the project. Works will be undertaken in multiple locations both during the day and night throughout the project footprint to inform detailed planning for construction. 

These investigations will provide information about the ground conditions at the site including the location of underground services along the corridor, which will inform the design of the project, and how it is constructed. 

Please view our July 2017 notification for more information. 

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 in October 2017.

Construction is expected to be completed by late 2020.

Last updated
31 July 2017