Roadworks update: what you need to know about Old Toowoomba Road and Brisbane Street

Dashcam: Old Toowoomba Road and Brisbane Street 11 June 2019

Three major road projects centred on West Ipswich, One Mile and Leichhardt are reaching the peak of construction activity and will cause some unavoidable traffic delays.

Motorists are being urged to allow extra travel time or find alternate routes during this critical phase of work.

The major projects are:

• Old Toowoomba Road four lane upgrade
• Toongarra Road rehabilitation
• Brisbane Street West Ipswich upgrade

Ipswich City Council’s head of Infrastructure and Environment Charlie Dill said the projects, now under full construction, have created changed traffic conditions between Bunning’s West Ipswich and Toongarra Road Leichhardt.

“We are delivering some critical pieces of infrastructure along a key corridor for the city,” he said.

“Traffic delays over coming months are unfortunately unavoidable, but by doing these three projects together significantly reduces the disruption to motorist in the longer term.

“The end result for motorists will be worth it.

“When completed the three projects will boost safety and traffic capacity, especially the section of Old Toowoomba Road between the Toongarra Road roundabout and Lobb Street.

“This section records an average 23,400 vehicle movements each weekday.

“Motorists can expect a smoother ride with fewer delays when Old Toowoomba Road is upgraded to four lanes at a cost of $10 million.

“Work will include new traffic signals at Ernest Street, and traffic signals for pedestrians along Old Toowoomba Road between Denman and Edward streets.”

Artist impression: Old Toowoomba Road four lane project

Mr Dill said both sets of traffic signals would significantly improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

“The upgrade will feature resurfacing of Old Toowoomba Road and a centre median for the entire length of the project to allow for safer, controlled turning movements.

“Bicycle users can expect new on-road lanes and a bike path on the inbound side with a raised road crossing at the Denman Street intersection.”

The planned third lane for Brisbane Street West Ipswich project would also ramp up in coming weeks

“The first on road phase of this much-needed upgrade will see barriers erected on both sides of the road with traffic channelled to the centre.

“Work will be undertaken at night as much as possible in an effort to keep traffic moving during the day,” Charlie Dill said.

The Toongarra Road project adjacent to Leichhardt State School is on schedule to be completed by the end of this month (June).

Road users should take extra care around roadworks and allow for extra travel times, especially during peak periods.

Residents and motorists can register for regular updates or find out more information by emailing council here.

Ipswich City Council received funding support from the Queensland Government towards the Old Toowoomba Road Project through the Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program and the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS).

Brisbane Street West Ipswich 11 June 2019

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