Ipswich City Council has given residents their first look at the full extent of the Springfield Parkway and Springfield Greenbank Arterial upgrade with a spectacular animated flyover of the $46 million project.
The never-before seen flyover footage offers a glimpse of what council’s largest road upgrade will look like once completed.
Mayor Teresa Harding said the project, which will see the roads expanded from two lanes to four lanes, will assist in supporting efficient transport for Springfield and the city’s eastern corridor’s growing population.
“Ipswich is the fastest growing city in Queensland, recording a population increase of 4.1 per cent in 2018-19, and sections of the Springfield Parkway and Springfield Greenbank Arterial are already carrying more than 20,000 vehicles per day,” Mayor Harding said.
“In compliance with our obligation to invest in trunk infrastructure, council is delivering road upgrades through our capital works program over the coming years, to ensure we’re providing increased capacity, safety and accessibility as we begin to welcome another 330,000 residents to 2041 along our eastern growth corridor.”
It comes as preliminary works this week began on Stage 1 of the project to prepare the site for the future road construction.
Preliminary works include bulk earthworks in preparation for services relocations, retaining wall installation, stormwater and underground conduit installation.
It also includes the construction of a single span 20 metre bridge crossing Opossum Creek.
“It’s all about developing a vibrant and sustainable city that accommodates the needs of our diverse and growing population,” Mayor Harding said.
“This is an exciting time for our city as we embark on the largest road upgrade in council history which will also provide much-needed economic stimulus and support our city’s recovery from COVID-19 impacts.”
Mayor Harding thanked residents for their patience as the preliminary works are carried out.
“While these early works are all off road, there will be some traffic restrictions to ensure the safety of workers and motorists,” Mayor Harding said.
“We expect that these works will be completed by September 2021, weather permitting.”
The Springfield Parkway and Springfield Greenbank Arterial upgrade is proudly funded by the Queensland Government through the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS), and Ipswich City Council.