03 August 2022
Big changes to Redbank Plains Road will kick off from August as the major upgrade project enters its third stage.
Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee Chair Mayor Teresa Harding said Stage 3 of this catalyst project would transform the section from Kruger Parade to Keidges Road.
“This important upgrade is part of Council’s 10-year Transport Infrastructure Plan and will ensure our city has increased capacity, safety and accessibility,” Mayor Harding said.
“Ipswich is set to welcome another 330,000 residents to our community by 2041, and Redbank Plains is consistently one of the fastest growing suburbs. The infrastructure needs to be in place to cater for that demand.”
Deputy Mayor and Division 1 Councillor Jacob Madsen said early works had been completed, such as relocating underground services, power poles, and some changes to side streets.
“The first phase of major civil works to begin in August will be on the western side of Redbank Plains Road near Highbury Drive,” Cr Madsen said.
“The works will move systematically through the project footprint. There will be traffic control in place to allow the works to happen safely while maintaining access for residents and businesses."
Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee Deputy Chairperson Councillor Paul Tully said the project would convert the 1.5km section into a four-lane carriageway with features such as shared use pathway, on-road bicycle lanes and additional traffic signals.
“There has been $14.96 million committed this financial year for the ongoing project, including a contribution from the State Government of $705,000,” Cr Tully said.
“The major road civil works are scheduled to start mid-August and may take 18 months to complete, weather and site conditions permitting.”
Division 2 Councillor Nicole Jonic said one of the big changes would be removing the Kruger Parade roundabout and replacing it with traffic signals.
“Traffic modelling shows the roundabout will run out of capacity in coming years, with the large increase in traffic volumes expected,” Cr Jonic said.
“Traffic signals will create a safer situation for pedestrians, including school children, and vehicles.”
Division 1 Councillor Sheila Ireland said council would continue to engage with residents and businesses within the construction footprint.
“Major works such as these can cause disruptions, and we thank people for their patience during this significant transformation,” Cr Ireland said.
“Redbank Plains is a growing and dynamic area and the continuation of this major upgrade will bring long-term benefits to the area and the City of Ipswich."
Stage 3 of Redbank Plains Road upgrade has been funded by the Queensland Government through the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS) and Ipswich City Council.