Intersection upgrade at Amberley 'a matter of urgency'

EXPANSION at RAAF Base Amberley has pushed the Cunningham Highway project high on the agenda.

Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss yesterday called on both the state and federal governments to commit funding for the project as a matter of urgency.

"The Amberley super defence base continues to expand with about 5700 people on base at present and as more modern aircraft and army personnel arrive, the base will grow in the next few years to have in the vicinity of 7000 personnel on base," he said.

Mr Rickuss met with Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister Senator James McGrath and Senator Joanna Lindgren at Willowbank late last week to look at the Cunningham Highway and access to the RAAF Base.

A planning study for a proposed realignment of the Cunningham Highway and a new interchange at the Amberley-Ipswich/Rosewood Road intersection began early in 2010.

The preferred option and business case were submitted to the federal government in mid-2012, for funding approval for design and construction but the department is waiting on a commitment.

Mr Rickuss said the Senators understood the gravity of the situation as the highway was four lanes both sides of the intersection at Amberley Rosewood Road and Cunningham Highway but only two lanes at the intersection, creating traffic chaos at the bottleneck.

"To add to the complexity of the intersection, Southern Amberley Road, which leads to the base and O'Neills Road, are all within 100m of the intersection. Major deliveries to the Amberley Super Defence Base include a number of B-double tankers of fuel per day as well as large military equipment for the army and of course, the thousands of personnel who work at the base."

Cunningham Highway/Amberley Intersection upgrade:

  •  realignment of the highway between Yamanto and Ebenezer Creek
  •  upgrade of the Cunningham Highway and Ipswich-Rosewood Road intersection
  •  left-in/left-out only access to Middle Road
  •  overpass over the new connection road
  •  new service road between Ipswich-Rosewood Road and Warwick Road
  •  new pedestrian and cycle facilities.

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