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Vital road to stay open: Powerlink

Traffic using the Allawah Rd weir after Colleges Crossing was closed due to flooding.
Traffic using the Allawah Rd weir after Colleges Crossing was closed due to flooding.

POWERLINK has moved to quell fears that an emergency link road between Ipswich and Brisbane will be closed before it's replaced.

The State Government corporation that owns Queensland's high-voltage electricity transmission network has applied to permanently close Allawah Rd at Mt Crosby.

The road became the only link between Ipswich and Brisbane's neighbouring suburbs in January when Colleges Crossing was closed due to floodwater and releases from Wivenhoe Dam.

Karalee Karana vet clinic owner Craig Smith became concerned when he saw a sign on Allawah Rd saying it was to be closed.

"There is no message about timing or how this could stuff up the whole community," Mr Smith said.

"It will smash us if it closes before the new road is built. It was bad enough during the floods.

"There is no sign of an alternative, no road building equipment around.

"They are about to get more dam releases too and so when Colleges closes they will have to use this road again."

Powerlink chief executive Merryn York said the company was closing a section of Allawah Rd to allow for the future development of the nearby Blackwall substation and would build a new section of Allawah Rd to provide ongoing community access.

"Powerlink assures local residents that the existing road will not be closed until the new road is open for traffic, which is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2012," Ms York said.

She said land for the Allawah Rd realignment was dedicated when Powerlink acquired the Blackwall substation land between 1978 and 1984, and the proposed realignment has been shown in UBDs for several years.

"The need to realign Allawah Rd and close the existing road (see map) is necessary because the footprint for part of the Blackwall substation will need to be located over the existing section of road," she said.

Powerlink followed the State Government process related to road closures and has advised the community and invited submissions on the proposed road closure through several methods, Ms York added.

The application for permanent closure of Allawah Road was listed in the Government Gazette and advertised in newspapers, she said.

"Further to this, a community notice was sent to local residents on October 7, advising them of the proposed closure, why it is required, and how to make submissions," she said.

"Powerlink has also met more than 10 times with individual owners and members of the Allawah Road Community Action Group regarding the Blackwall substation site."

Submissions on the road closure close today.

For more information on the project Freecall Powerlink on 1800 635 369 or visit powerlink.com.au and follow the links.

Topics:  community, motorists, powerlink, queensland government



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