Ipswich City Council is about to begin major works to upgrade the intersection of Blackstone Road and South Station Road, Silkstone.

Infrastructure Services Department Acting Chief Operating Officer Tony Dileo said significant work was about to begin, with service relocations now complete.

“Council is widening this intersection, providing dedicated right hand turn lanes to all approaches,” he said.

“In addition, a left turn slip lane will be installed on Blackstone Road for motorists wishing to travel southbound into South Station Road.  

“The project has also made provision for cyclists with the inclusion of bicycle lanes

“This project has been identified as part of council’s 10-year transport infrastructure investment planning, given the intersection provides an important strategic function within our road network.  

“The intersection is being upgraded to improve both operation and safety as it has reached its capacity.”

Mr Dileo said construction would start before the end of November and was expected to be completed by mid-June 2019.

Some night works will be required.

Mr Dileo said projects like these were a core function of council, delivering the people of Ipswich roads with the highest of safety standards.

“Unfortunately these projects can disrupt the routine of road users and local residents for a brief period, however these are essential projects that make Ipswich a better place for all residents,” he said.

The project is being partly funded by the Federal Government’s Roads to Recovery program.