Motorway nightmare on Mine St
STRESSED out Ipswich Motorway commuters have been given another headache as redirected traffic and heavy vehicles jam intersections around on-ramps.
As roadworks on the motorway continue, the situation is no more evident than at Mine St intersection at Redbank.
Collingwood Park resident Jim Dodril said what used to be an easy five minute drive to Redbank train station now took 30 minutes and was becoming increasingly hazardous.
Mr Dodril said in peak hour, the traffic backed up Collingwood Dr for 400m around Redbank Plaza and driver safety was at risk.
"The traffic from the off ramp comes into Collingwood Dr for a kilometre until it reaches Old Ipswich Rd. It doubles the amount of traffic," he said.
Heavy vehicles use Francis St to access the Redbank Peninsula industrial area and leave via the intersection onto the Ipswich Motorway.
Ipswich City Council planning and development head Paul Tully promised a light at the end of the tunnel was coming closer.
"Motorists need to be patient. It's been a bit of a problem in the last 18 months, but 2012 will see a remarkable improvement between Goodna, Redbank and Riverview," Cr Tully said.
He said a bridge under construction at McAuliffe St would alleviate traffic by carrying heavy vehicle traffic over the Pan Pacific Gardens to the Redbank Peninsula industrial area.
A Department of Main Roads spokesman said the traffic congestion would be eased in the coming weeks.
"Once the new service roads and connection roads are completed, journey times will be faster," he said.
"In a few weeks, traffic including heavy vehicles using Mine Street will be reduced because the new intersection on Francis Street and Railway Tce will be open.
"Not only will there be new roads to drive on, there'll be more options to access the motorway by the interchange at Dinmore or via Law St - not just Mine St.
"The service roads are just one part of this $1.9 billion upgrade that will hugely improve journeys between Brisbane and the western corridor. Mine St as an alternative route has long been part of the consultation for this project."