The Ipswich Motorway upgrade is still on time despite floods say officials.
The Ipswich Motorway upgrade is still on time despite floods say officials. Rob Williams

Motorway upgrade is still on time

RECENT flooding led to some work on the Ipswich Motorway upgrade being postponed in recent weeks but officials say the project will still be completed on time.

Work will start back this week after the flood delays provided safety checks are passed and that it won’t affect flood recovery efforts.

A Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said despite the delays, the Origin Alliance team building the upgrade was ahead of schedule before the floods struck.

They said the delays could be “absorbed” when the crews start working again after weeks off the job.

“This waiting period is essential for the ground to completely dry out and become stable and workable again,” a spokesperson said.

While not working on the motorway the construction crews have been putting in plenty of hours helping the Ipswich City Council and Australian Defence Force in flood clean-up works.

Almost 200 project team members assisted with the clean-up during the first week after the flooding, mainly in the Goodna and Redbank areas.

This work included clearing debris, cleaning the roads, removing rubbish, repairing potholes and controlling traffic.

Field staff used 60 trucks, 20 water trucks, 10 bobcats, 10 backhoes, 10 excavators and six loaders. In Riverview crews used bobcats to clear mud off the footpath along Old Ipswich Road and removed rubbish from houses on Duncan Street.

Also in Goodna, teams helped home owners and St Ives businesses to remove rubbish and debris, and a team cleaned the netball courts so they could be used as temporary parking for army and emergency vehicles.

The site office at Redbank lost a large amount of equipment and vehicles during the floods after all ground floor areas were completely inundated.

A clean-up and recovery team has been busy cleaning the site ahead of a planned relocation back into the offices this week.



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