NO one loves roadworks but it’s great when they finally bear fruit. And the largest road upgrade in Ipswich City Council’s history is doing that with the first of three stages now complete in the duplication of Springfield Parkway and Springfield Greenbank Arterial.
Mayor Teresa Harding said the duplication of Springfield Parkway from Hymba Yumba Independent School to the Centenary Highway, and Springfield Greenbank Arterial from Springfield Parkway to Eden Station Drive, was an exciting first step in addressing congestion throughout Springfield.
“The expansion of Springfield Parkway and Springfield Greenbank Arterial is vitally important to improving safety and making travel easier for the growing Springfield community,” Mayor Harding said.
“We know that motorists have been crying out for these improvements for a long time, and we appreciate that months of roadworks can be frustrating.
“With this critical work now complete, six lanes of traffic travelling from three directions are all navigating through a new signalised intersection at Springfield Parkway and Springfield Greenbank Arterial – the biggest in council’s road network.
“Four lanes where Springfield Parkway and Springfield Greenbank Arterial meet plus on-road cycle lanes and shared pathways for cycles and pedestrians are all open to the public.
“Council has worked with TMR to integrate multiple road upgrade projects at once, fast-tracking improvements and minimising construction impacts for Springfield residents.”
State Member for Jordan Charis Mullen MP said the completion of Stage 1 of the Springfield Parkway and Springfield Greenbank Arterial Duplication Project was a win for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
“I am so pleased to celebrate this significant milestone in the joint effort by the State Government and Ipswich City Council to improve traffic flow in and around Springfield,” she said.
“These are significant road upgrades that are needed to support Springfield’s booming population.
“In tandem with council’s local road upgrades, the State Government has committed $6.5 million to upgrading the motorway’s entry point into Springfield to reduce peak hour congestion and improve safety.”
Division 2 Councillor Paul Tully said the upgrade significantly improves safety while supporting growth in the region.