Ripley vision is now on the road to reality

THE long journey to the massive urban redevelopment of the Ripley Valley is on the way with the upgrade of Ripley Rd set to start.

Developer Sekisui House has appointed Civil Contractors to construct the $3.5 million upgrade of the road at the entrance to its first residential land release in Ripley Valley.

"Civil Contractors has been selected to commence the road upgrade, which paves the way for Sekisui House to begin delivery of its 194 hectares master planned community," Sekisui House senior development manager Craig D'Costa said.

"The appointment is the first step towards achieving the vision for our development to create a smart and sustainable community that is full of life achieved through the perfect harmony of individuals, communities and the environment.

"The road upgrade will be to the entry to the first residential precinct and will involve widening the road and construction of a new intersection into the estate."

He said existing lanes would stay open during construction, aiming for minimal disruptions, with works expected to start in the next couple of weeks and be completed by October.

After the road upgrade, Sekisui House will begin construction on its first residential stage consisting of about 100 properties and three hectares of recreational parkland.

The entire master planned 194ha development will feature a retail and commercial town and about 4000 dwellings. Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the appointment of Civil Contractors signalled the much-anticipated start of the Ripley Valley redevelopment.

"(It) means a step closer to the delivery of quality homes in Ripley Valley," Cr Pisasale said.

"It's great to see a local contractor winning tenders like this to deliver works."

Civil Contractors construction manager of residential Glen Ritchie said the company was pleased to be a part of such an exciting project.

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