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Changes ahead for motorists and residents with Redbank Plains Road upgrade

The design of the Redbank Plains Road Upgrade Stage 3 (Kruger Parade to Keidges Road) project is complete and there are some changes for motorists and residents since the concept was released in July 2018.

Ipswich City Council has been out and about talking to residents and businesses likely to be impacted by the changes.

A newsletter (the third to be released for this project) has been distributed to about 5,000 residents/businesses this week.

The project team is also hosting two community information sessions to allow people the opportunity to discuss the project in more detail, at Redbank Plains Town Square, Thursday 7 Nov 2-7pm and Saturday 9 Nov 8am-1pm.

General Manager of Infrastructure and Environment Charlie Dill said council has progressed work on the detailed design and also the timing of the planned works.

He said two key changes involved exit arrangements from Morgan Street into Redbank Plains Road and the timing of construction.

“Motorists are currently able to turn left from Redbank Plains Road into Morgan Street as well as turning left from Morgan Street into Redbank Plains Road. This upgrade will introduce changes to these arrangements.

“It is expected that motorists will be able to continue turning left from Redbank Plains Road into Morgan Street. However, motorists will no longer be able to turn out of Morgan Street into Redbank Plains Road.

“During detailed design it was established that there was not enough sight distance for motorists turning from Morgan Street into Redbank Plains Road, which is a safety issue. Council considered many design options in an attempt to leave the Morgan Street-Redbank Plains Road intersection unchanged.”

Mr Dill said service relocations required for the upgrade will occur from late 2019 until mid-2020.

Roadworks will then commence during the financial year 2020/2021.” 

Why is Council removing the left turn from Morgan Street into Redbank Plains Road?
During detailed design it was established that there was not enough sight distance for motorists turning from Morgan Street into Redbank Plains Road, which is a safety issue. Council considered many design options in an attempt leave the Morgan Street-Redbank Plains Road intersection unchanged.
Extended design domain criteria, installing traffic signals at the intersection and re-grading Redbank Plains Road were all design solutions investigated before council considered changes to the intersection.

How will I get to Redbank Plains Road from Morgan Street?
With the left hand turn from Morgan Street into Redbank Plains Road closed due to safety concerns, motorists will now enter Redbank Plains Road via Verran Street to the south or Frangipani Street to the north.

Did the construction timing change?
Yes. In June 2019 Council moved to a three-year delivery program for its capital works. This provides time during financial year 2019/2020 to relocate necessary services before road works commence the following financial year.

Will my property be affected?
Council has spoken directly to residents that will have some property impacts as a result of this project. If you feel that you will be impacted or have questions you can contact the project team at [email protected]

Why is the roundabout at Kruger Parade being removed?
Under this design the roundabout at Kruger Parade will be removed and replaced with traffic signals. Traffic modelling shows that the Kruger Parade roundabout will run out of capacity in the coming years, with a large increase in traffic volumes expected. Installing traffic signals at this intersection will allow for more vehicles to use the intersection, and also allow for traffic coming from Kruger Parade to enter Redbank Plains Road more easily and safely. Pedestrians, including school children, will also be able to cross safely at this signalised intersection.

Why are there so many sets of traffic signals in the design?
The traffic signals are required because:
• There needs to be a way for traffic travelling from side streets to enter and exit Redbank Plains Road safely, particularly as there will be an extra lane of traffic on each side of the road to cross
• The existing roundabout at Kruger Parade will not cope with future traffic volumes, and requires an upgrade to traffic signals
• Signalised intersections allow improved safety for all road users – motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Once construction is complete, the signalised intersections will be coordinated to improve traffic flow along Redbank Plains Road.

What is happening to the pedestrian crossing that is currently near Morgan Street?
The current pedestrian crossing near Morgan Street will be removed in the interest of pedestrian and motorist safety. Pedestrians will be able to utilise signalised crossings that will be installed at Shannon Street and Kruger Parade.

What about the residents who will no longer be able to turn right into their driveway off Redbank Plains Road?
Upgrading this road to a four-lane carriageway brings some change. One of those changes is that there will be restrictions on where motorists will be able to turn right across on-coming traffic. There will also be differences in height between the northbound and southbound lanes between Barry Drive and Shannon Street, which will require the construction of a retaining wall in the central median strip. Right turns across this retaining wall will not be possible. U-turn facilities are being accommodated where possible, and being provided at locations that encourage safe manoeuvring and reduce interruptions to the traffic flow along Redbank Plains Road. U-turn facilities between Barry Drive and Shannon Street cannot be accommodated due to the location of the retaining wall.

Will you be removing on-street parking?
Yes, street parking will be removed. As traffic volumes increase along these major road corridors, it becomes no longer safe or appropriate to maintain on-street parking.

Ipswich First

8 Comments

  1. Can the council look at making an on ramp and off ramp onto and off the centenary hwy at the white rock area of redbank plains so we don’t have to do a massive loop and hit over 10 sets of traffic lights just to reach the centenary hwy . This would save 100s of people fuel and time when heading to work and coming home .

    1. Hi Aaron
      to answer your question, Peet.com.au is the developer which is building Eden’s Crossing which includes a direct connection to the Centenary Highway from Mt Juillerat Drive, as far as I am aware they have commenced extending Mt Juillerat drive further from School Rd towards the highway however I do not think it has opened as of yet, the rumours circulating in the estates in this area is by the end of the year however this can be incorrect as it is a rumour. I hope i have helped

  2. It all sounds good in theory. I lived at Kiedges Rd for 10 years, and it used to take about 2 minutes to get from Strollers cricket club to the Keidges Rd lights, with a narrow broken single lane road. Then Council upgraded it to a 4 lane dual carriageway, increased the speed limit from 60 to 70 kph, and put traffic lights at every major intersection. Now it can take up to 7 minutes to do the same trip, thanks to non synchronising of the lights. Now here we are seeing more of the same, for the section between Keidges Rd and Kruger Pde. In this age of high priced fuel, the last thing people want is to sit idling at red light after red light after red light. This is what we have from Collingwood Dr to Keidges Rd, and no doubt this will only add further time wastage for motorists.

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