Hairdresser Paula Green of Studio 90210 on the corner of Brisbane and Whitwood roads at Ebbw Vale wants to see the protracted roadworks outside the business completed as soon as possible.
Hairdresser Paula Green of Studio 90210 on the corner of Brisbane and Whitwood roads at Ebbw Vale wants to see the protracted roadworks outside the business completed as soon as possible. David Nielsen

A hole lot of nothing

IT HAS been going so long, people driving past barely notice any more, but it has become a thorn in the side of those whose lives it has messed up.

Roadworks near the intersection of Brisbane and Whitwood roads at Ebbw Vale were meant to be done within a few months, but this month the project marked its first birthday.

Walker Corporation is responsible for the work, which is part of a new access to its Citiswich Business Park and the Warrego Highway.

Cr Trevor Nardi, whose division covers the area, said it was the longest road project he had seen in his 13 years as a councillor.

He said the work was scheduled to begin last February. That was put off till March, and the finishing date kept stretching on.

“It's been a slow, procrastinated affair,” Cr Nardi said.

“You have to feel sorry for the residents because they have suffered for a long, long time.

“They should have finished it last year, end of story.”

Businesses nearby have struggled with disruptions.

Studio 90210 hair salon owner Kylie Richer said she arrived at work one Saturday morning to find her water had been cut off.

“It would be all right if it only happened once or twice. One morning there were cars and trucks parked up and down the street,” Ms Richer said.

“It's just been a shambles. A lot of people thought we were closed.

“It's hard to tell how much we've lost, but it's a hell of a lot.” Customer Annette Chapman said it was a “bloody disgrace”.

“I could have built the bloody pyramids in that time,” she said.

A spokesman for Walker Corporation, the developer of Citiswich, said the roadworks, which include a new intersection on the corner of Brisbane and Whitwood roads and the newly-completed Hoepner Road extension, were expected to be finished by mid-April. The spokesman said 7000 vehicles a day were expected to eventually use the road, taking traffic off River Road.

“Part-way through the delivery program, Queensland Urban Utilities requested that Walker Corporation relocate and upgrade old and dilapidated water mains under Brisbane Road – work that was originally scheduled to be undertaken over the next two years,” the spokesman said.

“The decision to fast track the infrastructure works was a pro-active one – it was made to complete these works more quickly and cost effectively and ensure residents would not be disrupted for a second time in the future.

“We recognise the works have caused some interruption to traffic and nearby residents, but we believe the completion of these works at this time delivers a better outcome over the long-term for the greater Ipswich community.”



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