IPSWICH City Council is about to take the first step in planning a new Bremer River bridge between Norman Street, East Ipswich, and Lawrence Street, North Ipswich.
In its draft 2009-10 budget, council has allocated $250,000 for concept design planning of the bridge and Jacaranda Street extension.
The bridge, formally identified in 1999, is expected to cost more than $55 million.
Works Committee chairman Trevor Nardi said community consultation would take place once the concept design was finished.
“The biggest impact will be on residents of Jacaranda Street,” he said.
“You must resolve both ends of that street.
“I believe bridge construction will be within the next six years. That'll be my guess.
“The decision to build is not finally made.”
Ipswich's growth and the heavy traffic generated by the Riverlink shopping centre at North Ipswich has brought planning for the Norman Street bridge forward, Cr Nardi says.
“It's quite obvious we need an alternative to the Trumpy Bridge, otherwise we're going to choke our city,” he said.
“That's the most obvious connection.
“For me, it's getting towards urgent. The timing is right to do it.”