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Election time to finish motorway

MOUNTING PRESSURE: Heavy traffic on the Ipswich Motorway at Goodna.
MOUNTING PRESSURE: Heavy traffic on the Ipswich Motorway at Goodna. David Nielsen

MAYOR Paul Pisasale has challenged federal politicians to deliver the final stage of the Ipswich Motorway as the federal election looms.

Cr Pisasale called for the Darra to Rocklea section of the motorway to be upgraded after a council study showed traffic on Ipswich roads had fallen since the motorway opened.

He told Ipswich City Council this week it was disappointing motorists met heavy traffic when the motorway reached Darra.

"I'm still frustrated that it is only half-finished," he said.

"I've made it quite clear to the federal members that in the lead-up to the election we want the rest of the money.

"You can't have a road that goes half-way.

"The old sticker, 'I park on the Ipswich motorway', will have to be brought back. I can't understand why the job is half-finished."

Blair MP Shayne Neumann agreed the final stage of the motorway should be completed.

Mr Neumann said the project could be considered for the Nation Building Mark 2 funding projects between 2014 and 2019.

He said funding had been provided to the State Government to research a business model for the project.

"I would agree with Paul. We have already given $10 million for a planning proposal," he said.

"When they do it and when they put a business case to us saying this is how much it is going to cost it will be considered on its merits."

A spokesman for Transport Minister Scott Emerson said the business case was submitted to the Federal Government last year. A department spokesman said Canberra had provided

$10 million towards planning for the Darra to Rocklea section.

"This planning work will help inform future funding decisions and the project is being considered on its merits under the next tranche of the Nation Building Program," he said.

Last year the upgraded Dinmore to Goodna stretch of the Ipswich Motorway was completed six months ahead of schedule and under budget.

Topics:  darra, ipswich motorway, paul pisasale, rocklea, shayne neumann


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