Councillor Paul Tully and Mayor Paul Pisasale at
Smiths Road, Goodna.
GOODNA and Redbank are set to be linked by an extension to Smiths Road under funding approved by Ipswich City Council during a special Ipswich 150 commemorative meeting last month.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and Division 2 councillor Paul Tully said construction would start this year and when completed would allow local residents a convenient new service road between St Ives Goodna and Redbank Plaza.
Cr Paul Pisasale said Ipswich City Council had agreed to a joint $13 million funding package with the Federal Government.
"I want to thank the Federal Government and Federal Member for Oxley Bernie Ripoll for their strong support and for backing the future of Ipswich and the western corridor," he said.
"Building this new road while the motorway upgrade is in full swing will minimize costs and inconvenience to residents and bring forward the much-anticipated opening.
"Economic benefits will also flow to businesses in the Redbank and Goodna areas as customer travel times will be significantly reduced."
Goodna Councillor Paul Tully said he had been seeking an early start on the Smiths Road extension in order to provide the first new alternative link between Goodna and Redbank since 1955.
"The Smiths Road extension will run parallel to the Ipswich Motorway and completes a much-needed missing link in the local road network connecting the shopping centres at Goodna and Redbank," he said.
"Motorists will no longer need to travel on the motorway if they are only travelling between local suburbs."