Council set to upgrade Mary and William streets intersection

15 February 2024

Works will begin later this month to upgrade the intersection of Mary and William streets, Blackstone to cater for increased traffic demands as Ipswich grows.

Ipswich City Council Chief Executive Officer Sonia Cooper said the new intersection will have traffic signals and dedicated turn lanes incorporated into the design.

“The works, which are scheduled to start late February, will improve the operation and safety of the intersection,” Ms Cooper said.

“The installation of traffic signals will reduce the risks of accidents for turning vehicles and there will be benefits to the broader road network with improved travel times and reduced delays during the morning and afternoon peak periods.

“As many residents know, Ipswich is experiencing rapid population growth in a number of areas which is increasing traffic demands on many roads throughout the region.

“To cater for the needs of the community, both now and into the future, council will continue to plan, prioritise and allocate funding to upgrade key roads and intersections across the network as part of its capital works program.”

This intersection upgrade is expected to take about six months to complete. Works will generally be undertaken Monday to Friday between 7am and 4pm to ensure public safety, with some night works also expected to be undertaken.

The scope of works include:

  • Relocation of existing services
  • Stormwater drainage works
  • Pavement works
  • Kerb and channelling
  • Signalised traffic lights
  • New line marking.

Ms Cooper said residents who use the intersection will experience increased traffic linked to construction vehicles and works as well as changes in traffic movements and noise impacts.

“Council will make every effort to minimise these impacts and would like to thank residents in advance for their cooperation and patience during this period.”

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