SAFElink Alliance

  • Around 9km of highway to be upgraded.
  • Transport interchange to be biggest in Queensland.
  • Delivered by a youthful project team with average age of 24.

Arup is part of the SAFElink Alliance contracted to design and construct upgrades of motorways in Queensland, Australia. The firm is collaborating with Leighton, BMD Maunsell and the Department of Main Roads.

The Ipswich Motorway provides the principal connection between the cities of Brisbane and Ipswich. With traffic volumes increasing, a planning study of the motorway identified the need for an upgrade. The project includes the upgrade of 9km of these roads from four lanes to six.

Advanced interchange

The Alliance's work also includes a new interchange between the Centenary and Ipswich motorways, the biggest transport interchange ever to be built in Queensland. Roads will be separated at different heights to improve traffic flow, and designed to be resistant to traffic conditions up and downstream.

Community consultation

A full-time sustainability consultant has been appointed to work on the project. Extensive community consultation has resulted in features such as pedestrian access and cycling paths being woven into the design. Measures have been taken to preserve water quality, energy-efficient machinery is employed where appropriate and carbon offsets are being used to compensate for emissions from on-site vehicles.

The motorway and interchange upgrade will reduce congestion, improve vehicle travel times and provide better sightlines for drivers.

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  • An aerial shot of Queensland’s biggest transport interchange.

    An aerial shot of Queensland’s biggest transport interchange.

  • A 3D image of the new grade-separated free-flow interchange.

    A 3D image of the new grade-separated free-flow interchange.