Bligh to build western bypass

PREMIER Anna Bligh will today announce her support for a western Ipswich bypass.

With Ipswich's population forecast to increase by 195,000 over the next 20 years, the State Government will today announce a series of projects that it claims will help the city cope with the influx, as part of its 20-year infrastructure plan for the region.

The western bypass - which Ms Bligh said would be delivered between 2015 and 2031 - forms a major part of the plan.

The bypass will join the Cunningham Highway at Riverview with the Warrego Highway at Haigslea, via Walloon and Amberley.

The new road would provide a safer and more direct link between the major highways than the already busy Haigslea-Amberley Rd and Ipswich-Rosewood Rd routes.

Other projects announced include upgrades to the Ipswich Motorway and Cunningham Highway, a Willowbank Industrial Precinct, new Ipswich Hospital, Amberley Aerospace and Support Centre, Springfield rail line and Brisbane Valley Highway interchange.

Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt said improvements to the Yamanto interchange would be needed to sustain growth.

"The region will soon see the realigning of the Cunningham Highway between the Yamanto intersection and Ebenezer Creek," Mr Wendt said. "This project will relieve a notorious bottleneck at Yamanto."

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