Cr Heather Morrow
IPSWICH councillor Heather Morrow has refloated the Moggill Arterial road as a solution to Colleges Crossing being closed.
Cr Morrow said a return to regular wet seasons increased the need for an all-weather road to service Ipswich's eastern suburbs and the western suburbs of Brisbane.
Councillor Morrow, whose division covers the border with Brisbane, agreed it was time for a new bridge over the Brisbane River.
"While I can see a need for a bridge to eventually replace the Moggill Ferry, I believe the already preserved corridor for the Moggill Arterial road through Karalee is a higher priority for our city," Cr Morrow said.
"This crossing was mooted in the early 1980s and a corridor has since been surveyed by the State Government through the suburb of Karalee from the Warrego Highway across the Brisbane River to the western suburbs of Brisbane.
"Much of this corridor has over the years been acquired by the Department of Main Roads. This proposed road is the most sensible and economical approach."
She said apart from overcoming the problem of Colleges Crossing being impassable every time water was released from Wivenhoe Dam, the Moggill Arterial road would mean people travelling north wouldn't have to drive through the centre of Brisbane.
"Following the 1974 floods, I expressed my concerns that the suburbs of Karalee and Barellan Point had been isolated for many days and with the increase in population that many residents would be impacted should we have a repeat of this flood," Cr Morrow said.
"The events of the past weeks have shown that my concerns were justified. The construction of the Moggill Arterial road would also provide an alternate access for these residents. Unfortunately, the construction of a road through the western suburbs of Brisbane has been a very politically sensitive issue, but I believe it is time to put objections aside and consider the needs of residents both sides of the river."
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