Proposed work to add a third inbound lane to Brisbane Street West Ipswich is now due to begin in June 2019.
Initially January 2019 was earmarked for the start of the roadwork component of the upgrade, however owing to significant delays by utility service providers in relocating power, communication cables and water services work could not start.
Council now expects all work by utility companies to be completed by the end of May 2019.
A council spokesperson said Epoca Constructions would deliver the work and the company’s consideration and flexibility in solving these delays was appreciated.
“Once fully underway roadwork will include a new set of traffic signals at Tiger Street and synchronising all West Ipswich traffic signals.
“There will be improved pedestrian safety particularly at Tiger Street.
“This upgrade will give about 10 years additional capacity to Brisbane Street.
“Ultimately it will require further widening of the road reserve along Brisbane Street West Ipswich.
“Some early preparation for this has already been done with recent buildings constructed on the new setback.
“For example, Bunnings, Home HQ and a number of others are on the new alignment.”
A budget of up to $5 million has been allocated for the current upgrade.