Significant Collingwood Drive extension project gets underway

IPSWICH's largest single road construction project during the next financial year is now underway at Collingwood Park.

Ipswich City Council city infrastructure chief Cr Cheryl Bromage said funding of $6.5 million had been allocated in council's 2014-15 Budget for construction of the second stage of Collingwood Dr.

"Site works have now begun on the construction phase of this vitally important road link with Brisbane-based firm Epoca Constructions to carry out this project," Cr Bromage said.

She said it was now full steam ahead for the Collingwood Drive extension project which would lead to a significant reduction in travelling times between Ipswich and Collingwood Park.

The new works will link with the first stage of the Collingwood Drive Extension which was opened to traffic in October 2012.

Cr Bromage said construction of the road was being undertaken in two phases.

"The first phase will run from the current terminus of Collingwood Dr at Woodlinks Way to a new intersection on Redbank Plains Rd, yet to be constructed," she said.

"Weather permitting, the 1km section making up phase one of the road will be constructed before the end of this year.

"Work will continue on the second phase of the upgrade project on Redbank Plains Rd with that phase scheduled for completion during the first quarter of 2015."

Cr Bromage said phase two of the works would involve the upgrade of a 400m section of Redbank Plains Rd and the construction of a new intersection, complete with traffic signals.

Two lanes will be constructed in each direction on Redbank Plains Rd with a single lane in each direction on Collingwood Drive.

There will also be a roundabout built as part of the phase one works on Collingwood Drive.

Ipswich Deputy Mayor and Division 3 Councillor Victor Attwood said the start of works was an exciting development for residents.

Cr Attwood said the project would have a major impact on the region and help to open it up for further development.

He said the 2011 floods highlighted the need for alternative routes in the Collingwood Park area.

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