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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why does Ipswich need another bridge?

Ipswich City Council and the Queensland Government have identified the need for a new crossing of the Bremer River to remove unnecessary traffic from the Ipswich City Centre. The bridge is a key infrastructure project and is important to the future success of the Ipswich City Centre.

Where will the new bridge be located?

The new bridge will connect North Ipswich and East Ipswich in the vicinity of Norman Street.

What other bridge locations were considered?

In 1995 Council investigated several other locations for a new bridge across the Bremer River. This included linking Basin Pocket with Moores Pocket and North Booval with Tivoli. However, it is considered that a new crossing linking North Ipswich and East Ipswich in the vicinity of Norman Street will provide the greatest transport benefits for the community.

How will the new bridge connect to the existing road network?

The new bridge will connect to Downs Street via Lawrence Street at the western end and to Chermside Road via Norman Street at the eastern end. In the longer term, it is proposed to also extend Jacaranda Street and Wattle Street over the railway line to Hamilton Street to provide a continuous road connection between Downs Streets at North Ipswich and Brisbane Road at Booval.

What other route options were considered in North Ipswich?

Three route options were considered in North Ipswich – Fitzgibbon Street, Lawrence Street and Canning Street – to link into the new bridge. The Feasibility Study identified Lawrence Street as the preferred route taking into account factors such as topography, network fit and adjacent land uses.


What other route options were considered in Booval?

Three route options were considered in Booval – Dudleigh Street, Hamilton Street and Ross Llewellyn Drive – to link Wattle Street to Brisbane Road. The Feasibility Study identified Hamilton Street as the preferred route taking into account factors such as flooding, network fit, adjacent land uses and cost.

What flood level will the new bridge have?

The Norman Street Bridge will be designed for a flood event greater than that experienced in January 2011 and to ensure that it does not cause flooding upstream of its location.

How will the bridge be designed?

Ultimately the Norman Street Bridge will be designed for four lanes of traffic with bicycle lanes and pedestrian pathways on both sides.

Can the project be staged?

An interim “Stage 1” approach has been identified where the new bridge and roadworks could be constructed in the shorter term connecting Downs Street and Chermside Road. Jacaranda Street would remain as a two-lane road. The Stage 1 works would require the “Five Ways” to be reconfigured to a “Four Ways” to ensure it can operate safely and effectively. Traffic signals would also be installed at the intersection of Brisbane Road and Dudleigh Street and a roundabout at the intersection of Wattle Street and Dudleigh Street.

What has Glebe Road got to do with the Norman Street Bridge?

At present, westbound traffic cannot turn right from Brisbane Road into Chermside Road at the “Five Ways”. In order to ensure the Five Ways can continue to operate in a satisfactory manner whilst ensuring motorists can access the Norman Street Bridge from Brisbane Road, it will be necessary to remove some of its existing travel movements to free up time in the traffic signal phasing to make provision for the right turn from Brisbane Road into Chermside Road. As such, it is proposed to remove the Glebe Road leg to create a four-way intersection.

It should be noted that the “Five Ways” is operating close to capacity at present. So even without the Norman Street Bridge, the Glebe Road leg would need to be closed off in the future. Without the removal of the Glebe Road leg, the intersection will operate with unacceptable levels of queuing and delays for motorists. It should be noted that there have been a number of other five leg intersections (for example, at “Stones Corner” at Woolloongabba) where a leg has been closed to traffic to improve the overall intersection operation.

Will the closure of Glebe Road at the Five Ways cause any access issues for people in the local area?

Closing off Glebe Road at the Five Ways will reduce traffic on Glebe Road which will have both positive and negative outcomes for the local community. This will encourage some motorists to use other streets, particularly Blackstone Road and Brisbane Road. Every effort will be made to minimise any inconveniences or disruptions to the local community during the design and construction phases of the project. It is acknowledged that supplementary works will need to be implemented to facilitate safe access into and out of the local area as a result of the closure of Glebe Road.

When will the bridge be constructed?

Transport planning indicates that the Norman Street Bridge is needed within the next 10 years based on forecast growth. However, the exact timing for the construction of the new bridge is not confirmed at this time as it is linked to future government funding availability.

How long will it take to construct the new bridge?

Once funding has been secured, it is expected that the Stage 1 works will take approximately three years to design and construct.

How will the bridge infringe on Cribb Park?

The Norman Street Bridge will commence at Lawrence Street to pass over Cribb Park on a viaduct type structure thus providing good connectivity and views between the sporting fields, open space areas and the Bremer River. The existing sports fields in Cribb Park will need to be relocated to the south by approximately 20 metres but can then operate as normal.

Will the new bridge have any impacts on the area?

It is acknowledged that the large scale nature of the project will bring some changes to the local area. Every effort will be made to minimise or offset any inconveniences or disruptions to the local community.

Will the new bridge have any property impacts?

Some privately owned land will be required to allow for the footprint of the new bridge and associated roadworks. Council does not intend to actively acquire any properties until such time as funding has been secured to construct the new bridge and detailed design has been undertaken to accurately identify the property impacts.

What compensation will be paid to those property owners where all or part of their land is required for road purposes?

Once construction funding has been secured and detailed design is complete, Council will work with the property owner/s whose land is required for the footprint of the road to determine appropriate compensation.

Can I sell or renovate my property in the meantime?

Given the unconfirmed construction timing of the Norman Street Bridge, property owners can continue to operate their property as usual. This includes selling it on the open market and/or undertaking renovations.

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