Drainage to cut flooding
GOODNA residents will soon hold no fears about torrential summer downpours which have produced localised flooding in recent years.
More than 500m of new drainage pipes are being installed underneath Hinton and Lower James Sts as part of work on the Ipswich Motorway between Dinmore and Goodna, to drain stormwater into the Brisbane River.
The drainage works are under way and are expected to be finished in late 2012.
Federal Member for Oxley Bernie Ripoll, state Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller, and councillor Paul Tully visited the construction site in Lower James St on Monday.
Mr Ripoll said the drainage works marked the latest milestone for the $1.95 billion federally funded motorway upgrade, which was being delivered by Origin Alliance on behalf of the State Government.
"Increasing the size of the pipes to be constructed by Origin Alliance is a cost-effective way of improving drainage for the area," he said.
Ms Miller said the 2.4m diameter pipes would be placed up to 12.5m underground.
Cr Tully said the works would reduce the effect of localised flooding in the area, which had been profound on occasions in the past two years.
"These pipes will provide a significant improvement to local drainage during storm events," he said.
"Put simply, bigger pipes mean a greater capacity to carry more water in the event of unusually heavy local rainfall, and we are happy to pay for the cost of the extended and larger pipes."
For more information on the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade: Dinmore to Goodna project, visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au.