More lane pain ahead
THE Ipswich Mwy upgrade is 83% complete, but motorists may have to endure more traffic woes before it's completed at the end of the year.
Traffic controllers were this week directing traffic at the Brisbane Rd exit of the motorway, beneath the partly-constructed Dinmore bridge.
The overhead bridge is due for completion at the end of April.
A Department of Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said the department was focused on promoting traffic flow.
"Keeping traffic flowing during construction is a challenge and our aim is to minimise disruptions and inconvenience to motorists," the spokesperson said.
"Two lanes are kept open in each direction at all times during works, except for certain night works."
The spokesperson said lane closures were currently being made in stages between 8pm and 5am Sunday to Friday to allow for the laying of open grade asphalt in stages along the entire motorway.
"We ask drivers to please be alert to changed conditions during night works and obey all signs and directives from traffic controllers.
"For operational and safety reasons, the new lanes will be opened to traffic in stages over the next few months as asphalting is completed and signs, lighting and guard rails are installed."
The spokesperson confirmed the Dinmore to Goodna section of the $1.95b motorway upgrade was ahead of schedule and on track to be finished before the year is out.
Works completed include the last overhead gantry and most of the pedestrian bridges.
Church St interchange will re-open to traffic in both directions in coming weeks.
Final asphalt layer for Mine St interchange will be laid in coming weeks.
Landscaping and planting is continuing across the project.