23 August 2012
Rosewood’s business district is the latest beneficiary of a joint beautification project currently underway between Ipswich City Council and Energex.
Ipswich City Councillor David Pahlke said council was jointly funding the $1.2 million project.
As part of this work, Energex is undergrounding the existing electrical network and installing new street lights along John St, between Railway and William streets.
This project is part of Energex's Community Powerline Enhancement Program which supports local communities in council identified projects for streetscape improvement works.
Cr Pahlke said the main supply for the underground power would be installed along the eastern side of John St.
"Energex workers will tunnel underneath John St to install power cables on the western side of the street," he said.
Cr Pahlke said the existing power poles would be removed and new street lighting provided on the eastern side of John St. The remainder of the works would require trenching.
As part of work on this project there could be some power interruptions and occasional noise disturbances though crews will be working to keep these to a minimum.
Safety barriers are in place around construction areas and traffic controllers are on-site to assist with the safe movement of traffic and pedestrians.
The CPEP is one of five segments in a planned $100 million, five-year program aimed at reducing the visual impact of existing overhead powerlines. Program’s main focus is undergrounding or bundling existing low voltage powerlines in sensitive locations such as major street shopping precincts, sensitive environmental and heritage areas, locations with significant vegetation, high pedestrian or vehicular areas, and in communities abutting bays, rivers and coastlines.
Among the other four segments of the programs is a blackspots component which targets electricity poles and powerlines consistently damaged during traffic accidents.
Weather permitting, the Rosewood project is expected to be completed by late October.
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