Motorway set to officially open
COMMUTERS have been lapping up the luxury of three lanes for a few weeks now, but today will mark the official opening of the new and improved Ipswich Motorway.
The Member for Blair, Shayne Neumann, and Member for Oxley Bernie Ripoll will rub shoulders with Federal Transport and Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese and State Transport Minister Scott Emerson to open the Goodna to Dinmore stretch of the motorway - the last in the massive $1.95 billion rebuild that took more than four years to complete. The last major job for contractor Origin Alliance was to complete a pedestrian bridge linking Dinmore train station to St Peter Claver College - bypassing the intersection of Aberdare St and Brisbane Rd.
Those hoping the announcement would lead to a relaxation of the speed limit better not hold their breath.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads confirmed late yesterday that the speed limit would remain at 90kmh for at least another few weeks to allow drivers more time to adapt to the changes.
Although it was estimated to handle a mere 95,000 cars per day at the moment, the Ipswich Motorway was expected to be able to cope with a forecast 180,000 cars per day by 2032.