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Work on crucial inner city bikeway link begins

Eastern Ipswich Link Bikeway from the top of the Queen Victoria Park service road.

Construction on the next stage of the Eastern Ipswich Link Bikeway is set to begin in April, bringing further safe cycling routes to the city.

Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee Chair Mayor Teresa Harding said a shared bike path will be installed along the Queen Victoria Parade service road, between the five-ways intersection and the start of Limestone Street.

“This project is part of council’s iGO Active Transport Action Plan network, providing better connections for cyclists, pedestrians and active travellers throughout Ipswich,” Mayor Harding said.

“This is about continuing to develop more ways for residents to move about our city safely.”

The work along Queen Victoria Parade will involve relocating a small section of the wall with the Queens Park logo, of which elements are heritage-listed.

Part of its bougainvillea hedge, at the corner of the Parade, will also be relocated.

“The concrete wall running adjacent to Queen Victoria Parade and the service road to the Ipswich Visitor Centre will also be relocated further back into the park, to make way for a broader cycling path,” Mayor Harding said.

“The bus stop on the service road will be temporarily relocated along Limestone Street, about 250 metres west.”

The work also includes pavement rehabilitation on the service road including non-slip treatment for bicycles, reconstruction of sections of kerb and channel along the service road, and improved lighting along the shared pathway.

Division 3 Councillor Marnie Doyle said no trees will be impacted or removed during the work, and the existing bougainvillea hedge will be replanted and any impacted heritage walls carefully reconstructed.

“The work does mean the service road to the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre will be closed for the duration of work, and there will be no access to Alexander Munro Avenue from Queen Victoria Parade,” Cr Doyle said.

“Visitors to the park and information centre can access parking via Chermside Road.”

Division 3 Councillor Andrew Fechner said the work was expected to be completed by late June, weather permitting, and no work would be conducted on ANZAC Day.

“Council is committed to its iGo strategy that actively supports residents being more active and enjoying our city on foot and by bike,” Cr Fechner said.

“This critical link will allow cyclists to commute efficiently to and from the city centre, and link up to our other existing bikeways across Ipswich.”

The Eastern Ipswich Link Bikeway is funded through council and the Queensland Government’s Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program.

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