Blacksoil work revs up with release of plans
THE final detailed plan for the highly anticipated upgrade to the Blacksoil Interchange was released last week, after a site office was established and building work started by contractor Fulton Hogan.
Workers from Fulton Hogan are now on site at the intersection of the Warrego and Brisbane Valley Hwys and have started early clearing works.
Member for Ipswich West Sean Choat has mailed copies of the final plans to residents in the area.
"It is great to see Fulton Hogan out on site, because it makes it all the more real to see them doing the actual work," he said.
"This has been a long time coming and it's great that things are now underway but now I want to turn my attention to what else needs to be done in keeping on improving the roads in the area.
"The Minden crossroad is one I am very interested in."
Mr Choat said residents had responded well to the release of the final plan.
"There has been a lot of relief for the people who have now seen for themselves there is a second access point because it was always a concern for them, in regard to what was going to be there," he said.
"They now have the opportunity to get in and out without all that worry.
"A lot of the businesses in that area were thrown a lifeline really, as the plans give them close proximity to highway traffic which is where the bulk of the business comes from."
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese, and Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson, said the finalisation of the upgrade design brought the project another step closer.
"Crossing this intersection can be difficult for local drivers, particularly at peak times, with 40,000 vehicles a day travelling the Warrego Hwy, 9000 on the Brisbane Valley Hwy and 6000 on the Wulkuraka Connection Rd," Mr Emerson said.
"Importantly, the Blacksoil upgrade will improve the flow, throughput and accessibility for freight to and from the Port of Brisbane and the key resource areas west of Toowoomba," Mr Albanese said.
Mr Emerson said the upgrade would remove the need for vehicles to turn across oncoming traffic and allow for the population growth by accommodating a greater number of vehicles.
"The hazardous intersection will be replaced with a safe and efficient interchange that will include an overpass to separate major traffic movements; easing congestion and enhancing freight movements along this vital link," he said.
The detailed Blacksoil Interchange designs are available at tmr.qld.gov.au.