TRAFFIC SNARL: Vehicles crowd into the Ipswich CBD from North Ipswich after other bridges were cut off.
TRAFFIC SNARL: Vehicles crowd into the Ipswich CBD from North Ipswich after other bridges were cut off. Rob Williams

Treasurer Swan promises cash to construct Norman St bridge

THE Norman St Bridge is back in the fast lane of the political agenda, after Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale secured federal support for the much-anticipated project.

The mayor used a tour of flooded Ipswich areas by Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan and Federal MP Shayne Neumann yesterday to raise the issue of the second vehicle bridge for the CBD.

The new bridge would start from the end of Lawrence St, North Ipswich and link with Norman St, Basin Pocket then Jacaranda St, East Ipswich.

In 2010, then-council works committee chairman Trevor Nardi said the bridge designed to divert traffic from an increasingly- congested Ipswich CBD could be as soon as five years away.

Ipswich City Council and the State Government started a joint feasibility study and $250,000 was allocated from the budget for a study into the river crossing to complement David Trumpy Bridge.

At the time, Cr Nardi said it was a $55 million project.

Traffic clogging the CBD yesterday with the One Mile and Hancock bridges cut by floodwater brought the need for the Norman St Bridge back into focus.

"It's got to be a high priority," Cr Pisasale said.

"Wayne Swan was here this morning and he pledged to support the bridge with federal dollars.

Wayne Swan was here this morning and he pledged to support the bridge with federal dollars.

"Shayne Neumann and I, for once in our life, agree on one thing - the Norman St Bridge.

"It's more than a bridge - it's a vital part of our emergency infrastructure."

Cr Pisasale vowed to make its construction an election issue along with increased infrastructure for Ipswich and finishing the Ipswich Mwy. In 2011, Cr Nardi said the bridge was the first stage of the ring road concept - upgraded and called the Ipswich City Centre Orbital Road System - that was mooted in the late-1990s.



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