Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

OURROADTO THE FUTURE? Orbital Route at Heart of Ipswich Transport Vision

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

OURROADTO THE FUTURE? Orbital Route at Heart of Ipswich Transport Vision

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IPSWICH City Council is planning to put the brake on growing CBD traffic congestion by reviving the ring road concept.

Now upgraded and renamed the Ipswich City Centre Orbital Road System, the ring road project was first mooted in the late 1990s.

It was shelved because it was seen as being too far ahead of its time, but now the council believes that time is fast approaching.

David Trumpy Bridge and the major CBD intersections of Limestone and East and Brisbane and East streets are nearing capacity.

With the Ipswich population tipped to top 450,000 people over the next 20 years, an improved road system has been identified as one of the catalysts of redeveloping the Ipswich CBD.

The inner-city bypass system is also a vital part of a radical change to the CBD to make it less car heavy and more people friendly.

Ipswich City works chairman Trevor Nardi said the main function of the orbital road was to get traffic not going into the city centre to go around it.

At the moment, to go from North Ipswich to Churchill or from Leichhardt to Booval, for instance, drivers have to go through the often-clogged city heart.

The orbital road is still in its early planning phase and will have to be built in stages, but hopes are high it will positively change the way people move around Ipswich.

C[pounds sterling]Some of these projects could be 20 years away and some could be five years or so,C[yen] Cr Nardi said.

C[pounds sterling]Ipswich is growing up so we've got to plan for the future when we double our population.

C[pounds sterling]If we don't do this now we'll end up with major congestion. We think we've got congestion now.

C[pounds sterling]This is our solution. It hasn't been to council in its full format yet. This is the thought process of what we think will be the solution.

C[pounds sterling]The whole thing will be hundreds of millions. We still have to consult the community but it's too early to do that because we don't know exactly where everything will go.

C[pounds sterling]But ultimately this concept will have to happen. It will need funding help from the state and Co possibly Co federal governments and it will have to be done over stages. …

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