Shared path makes for smoother transition to new school year

A new shared pathway is being constructed along Omar Street, West Ipswich and when complete will be able to be used by pedestrians and cyclists.

Part of the project involves working in front of the West Ipswich Special School, which Ipswich City Council has conducted during school holidays to minimise disruption/traffic congestion. This has included some work within the school grounds.

Acting Chief Operating Officer (Infrastructure Services) Cathy Murray said all major work in front of the school was completed by Friday, 25 January.

“The great news is that we are on track to meet our commitments to the school,” she said.

“Parents will return to the first day of term to see new parking arrangements and ongoing work on Omar and surrounding streets. This will potentially cause confusion – and there will be some minor traffic delays.”

Council has been keeping the school principal informed in anticipation of next week.

Parking arrangements have changed on the roads surrounding the school, including the following:

  • Buses used to drop off / pick up students on Omar Street. Council has relocated the bus zone to Tiger Street, following several discussions with the school.
  • Council has created an extended loading zone on Omar Street, incorporating this into where the old bus zone was.
  • The appropriate signs will be in place to clearly delineate the new arrangements.

Ms Murray said work to construct the remainder of the shared pathway would be ongoing until June 2019.

That will include kerb and channel / footpath works along Omar Street (between Tiger and Clay Street), from Wednesday 30 January. Work will be done between 9am and 2pm with traffic control in place. There will be no on-street parking available in this area until works are completed.

Footpath and stormwater work along Pound Street will continue from 30 January. Traffic control locations will in place at the intersections of Omar/Tiger, Omar/Clay and along Pound St.

“We appreciate there will be some minor disruptions to motorists, but the new shared pathway will be beneficial to the entire community,” Ms Murray said.

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