15 October 2010

Traffic chaos at Ipswich prompts renewed call for Brisbane western ring road

PIC 1: Allawah Road which is the only local connection from Ipswich to
Mt Crosby following the closure of Colleges Crossing and the Moggill Ferry.

PIC 2: Like ducks to water at Colleges Crossing at Karalee 5.4 metres under water.

The closure of two of the three secondary links between Ipswich and Brisbane's western suburbs has prompted renewed calls for a western ring road  from the Ipswich Motorway to the Bruce Highway.
Brisbane River flooding continues to cause chaos with the Moggill Ferry out of action and Colleges Crossing in the Ipswich suburb of Karalee 5.4 metres under water.
The only current route from Ipswich to Mt Crosby is via a dirt road and single lane bridge across the Mt Crosby weir.
Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully has renewed calls for a ring road which would link the Ipswich and Logan Motorways with a connection through Brisbane's western and northern suburbs to the Bruce Highway north of Aspley.
Cr Tully said the Moggill Ferry was an antiquated service which commenced in 1878 when Cobb and Co coaches travelled between Brisbane and Ipswich.
"When it operates, it is open 12 hours a day between Riverview and Moggill.
"The Moggill Ferry should be sent to a museum and replaced with a bridge as part of a new western ring road.
Cr Tully said drivers from Ipswich to Brisbane's western suburbs including Mt Crosby and Moggill have to travel along a 2km dirt stretch of Allawah Road then navigate a narrow single lane bridge across the weir.
"It's amazing a few storms across Ipswich and Brisbane a week ago are still creating traffic havoc days later.
"Planning should commence now for a western Brisbane ring road.
"If nothing happens soon, it will still be the same in 50 years with substandard road links and bureaucrats still sitting on their hands doing nothing," Cr Tully said.

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