Hold-ups ahead for motorists

TRAFFIC will be disrupted on the Ipswich Motorway in the coming weeks as construction crews ramp up roadworks in the wake of the recent floods.

A Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said they did not expect the closures of an off-ramp and on-ramp at Riverview to cause significant delays above normal peak-hour traffic.

“However, delays may occur because of the ongoing construction work on the motorway upgrade,” they said.

From this Friday, weather permitting, the Tessman Street off-ramp from the Ipswich Motorway will be permanently closed, with motorists having to find alternative routes.

Closure of the off-ramp (Ipswich bound) was initially scheduled for January but was postponed due to the floods.

The southern roundabout near the exit will also be removed, but access over the Tessman Street bridge will continue for both vehicles and pedestrians.

It means motorists wishing to access Riverview will need to use alternative routes, including Old Ipswich Road and Aberdare Street, or by the Warrego Highway and Riverview Road.

The off-ramp is being closed for works on the southern service road between Six Mile Creek and Tessman Street and to build a new pedestrian bridge over the motorway.

Another closure that will affect motorists is the closure of the Riverview on-ramp (Brisbane-bound near Tessman Street) from 8pm tonight.

The on-ramp will stay closed tomorrow before re-opening on Thursday morning.

Motorists wishing to access the Ipswich Motorway will need to use the on-ramps from the Warrego Highway at Dinmore via Riverview Road or Mine Street at Redbank via Old Ipswich Road.

Despite recent setbacks, a spokesperson for Transport and Main Roads said the Ipswich Motorway project would still be completed on time.



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