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24 February 2011

Ipswich Motorway upgrade from Goodna to Dinmore causes business pain

THOUSANDS of commuters welcome the upgrade of the Ipswich Motorway from Dinmore to Goodna – apart from some who live or conduct a business right next to the construction.

CUT OFF: Brett Steele, with son Izzac, faces loss
of access for weeks.

THOUSANDS of commuters welcome the upgrade of the Ipswich Motorway from Dinmore to Goodna – apart from some who live or conduct a business right next to the construction.

Since September 2009, Aquatic Boat Transport owner Brett Steele has been inconvenienced by the roadworks.

When he bought his property on Brisbane Road in 2006, access from the motorway was easy, and the Goodna Bypass was due to go ahead.

With a change of government, the bypass was scrapped and the motorway upgrade went ahead.

For Mr Steele, the latest gripe in a long list is a loss of access from a service road off the motorway.

He was advised by the construction company that he may have "short interruptions" to business access at Hansells Parade.

On Thursday last week, that was changed to complete loss of access for three weeks.

"If it rains, it'll be longer," Mr Steele said.

"We've gone from four driveways to one.

"People trying to deliver the boats get lost along the alternative route.

"It's more stress than anything else."

To add insult to injury, his letterbox is stuck in the middle of the construction site.

Trucks also park in his only driveway when there's room on the construction site to load and unload.

"The extra kilometres we have to drive cost money," Mr Steele said. A Main Roads spokesman said a community engagement team had first contacted local residents and businesses – including Aquatic Boat Transport – about these planned works several months ago.

"The advice given was that roadworks would take approximately one month to complete and traffic controllers would be on site to ensure access to businesses and properties was maintained," he said.

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