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    Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    New bridge, new roads, new local connections

    Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Friday, February 03, 2012

    New bridge, new roads, new local connections

    Redbank, Riverview and Dinmore residents have more travel choices, thanks to today’s opening of two new service roads and a pedestrian bridge.

    Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann said the opening marks a key milestone for the Ipswich Motorway upgrade, being delivered by Origin alliance on behalf of the Bligh Government.

    “The Tessman Street bridge creates an important link to the Riverview railway station, while the service roads have cycle lanes and pedestrian paths so no matter how you choose to travel, you’re catered for,” Mr Neumann said.

    “This is part of the $1.95 billion Ipswich Motorway which is creating more than 4,250 jobs during construction.

    “We think it’s something worth celebrating too, so we’re putting on a community fun day at Riverview tomorrow.”

    Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller said the new connections provided quick and easy options for people making local trips.

    “Right from the word go on this massive project, we recognised the importance of improving local connections at the same time as upgrading the motorway,” Mrs Miller said.

    “More than 90,000 vehicles use this section of the motorway every day, and really it’s for longer trips.

    “The new service roads mean people making a local trip can use a local road rather than the motorway, which frees up the motorway for through traffic.”

    Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said an estimated 5000 vehicles would use the new service roads each day by the time the upgrade was finished later this year.

    “That’s 5000 fewer vehicles on the motorway each day if people realise they have options now and use them,” Mr Wallace said.

    “Before the upgrade began locals had little choice but to use the motorway to access schools, shops and railway stations.

    “The combination of the new service roads, the Smiths Road extension between Goodna and Redbank, new pedestrian bridges and the Endeavour Road connection means people will be able to access local services more quickly and easily.”

    The three new pieces of infrastructure include:

    ·The 1.7km northern service road from Brisbane Road, Redbank, to McEwan Street, Riverview

    ·The 3.6km southern service road from Law Street, Redbank, to Aberdare Street, Dinmore

    ·The Tessman Street pedestrian bridge linking north and south Riverview, providing safe and easy access across the motorway for pedestrians, cyclists and those with prams and wheelchairs.

    Media contact: Minister Wallace’s office 3896 3691, Mr Neumann’s office 0488 076 420