PROJECT STATUS

Construction timing

The timing to construct the Norman Street Bridge will depend on government funding availability but transport planning indicates the new bridge is required within the next 10 years based on forecast growth.

The strategic process for delivering the project is illustrated at right.

Business Case

With the planning and community engagement phases completed, the project now moves into the Business Case phase to assist with securing funding to construct Stage 1 of the Norman Street Bridge.  

The first step in the development of a Business Case will be to undertake a Socio-Economic Assessment.  This assessment will identify the project’s economic and social benefits to the future prosperity of the city, particularly the Ipswich City Centre. It will consider elements such as:

  • • savings in travel time
  • • reduction in traffic congestion and crashes
  • • enhanced access to the emerging northern part of the CBD
  • • access during times of emergency
  • • opportunities for jobs creation & commercial development
  • • business confidence
  • • property values.

It is expected that the Socio-Economic Assessment will be completed by early 2015. More information will be provided as the Business Case progresses.

 

Stakeholder and community engagement

The Norman Street Bridge and Jacaranda Street Extension Feasibility Study was on public display at key locations throughout Ipswich during July and August 2013.

During the engagement period Council met with residents, business operators and other key stakeholders to highlight plans for the project.

More than 300 people visited the staffed display sessions held at Booval Fair and Riverlink shopping centres in early August. The majority of feedback received was supportive of the project.

A summary of community feedback received during the formal community engagement process for the planning phase in 2013 is available here.

Council thanks community members for their interest and involvement during the engagement period and will keep stakeholders informed as the project progresses.

 

Corridor preservation

The preferred route and configuration of the Norman Street Bridge and Jacaranda Street Extension will now be included in the Ipswich Planning Scheme with the footprint preserved as part of future Development Permits issued along the corridor.

 

Further investigations

Through the community engagement process, the community raised a number of matters for further investigation.

In the shorter term, the project team will investigate the following:

A low-level road linking Pelican Street and Norma Brown Street to provide an alternative access route for residents living in Norma Brown Street and Fitzgibbon Street, taking pressure off the Pine Street/Delacy Street intersection

A service road on the southern side of Lawrence Street (between Pine Street and Pelican Street) to facilitate better access for adjacent properties

The future configuration of Lennon Lane (including traffic flow, safety, parking and drainage treatments) as a result of expected increases in traffic due to the Norman Street Bridge

Provision for U-turns on Lawrence Street and Jacaranda Street

Pedestrian crossing facilities at the following locations:
- Jacaranda Street (between Cotton Street and Cook Street)
- Chermside Road (between York Street and Ipswich Girls Grammar School)

A Local Area Traffic Management Scheme (“traffic calming”) in the Kendall Street precinct for future consultation purposes with the local community

Traffic signals and auxiliary lanes at the following intersections at part of Stage 1 works:
- Brisbane Road/Gibbon Street/Montauban Street
- Pine Street/Fitzgibbon Street
- Jacaranda Street/Cotton Street/Leslie Street
- Jacaranda Street/Cook Street

Off-street car parking facilities at the following locations:
- Ipswich North State School
- Ipswich East State School
- Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School
- St Thomas’ Anglican Church, North Ipswich.

Future engagement

Once approval is given to proceed to the detailed design and construction phases of the Norman Street Bridge, a comprehensive public communication strategy will be prepared. It is anticipated that this strategy will include the establishment of a Community Advisory Group on each side of the Bremer River (ie. one group to focus on North Ipswich and one for Basin Pocket/East Ipswich/Newtown).

These groups will provide an ongoing link with the local communities, guide the project delivery team on resident and business owner issues and assist Council in identifying issues and minimising impacts before they arise. 

 

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