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Lord Mayor makes in-roads to reduce traffic congestion

21 February, 2013

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is making significant headway to minimise traffic congestion on the city’s suburban road network, with the delivery of its seventh major road project for this financial year.

The Lord Mayor said the completion of the latest road project at Upper Kedron Road on Brisbane’s north demonstrated Council’s commitment to improving traffic flow across the city.

“Improving safe traffic flow is not just about major infrastructure projects like Legacy Way, it is about taking a whole-city approach,” Cr Quirk said.

“Council places a high priority on alleviating congestion and bottlenecks across suburban Brisbane, as we know this has positive flow-on affect for the wider road network.

“At the outset of this financial year we identified a number of high priority intersection and road projects, and to date we have completed seven major upgrades and have a further 13 already underway or due to start by June.”

Cr Quirk said Council was also working on road improvements to complement the construction of the Legacy Way tunnel, including a $20.5 million upgrade to the Moggill Road/Western Freeway interchange at Indooroopilly.

“As part of building major infrastructure like the Legacy Way tunnel, we are also looking at the network upgrades that need to be made to help manage traffic flows,” he said.

“The upgrade of the interchange is critical in managing traffic flow in the western suburbs and brings motorists closer to experiencing the long term congestion relief that will come with Legacy Way.”

The upgrade will include lengthening and widening the Western Freeway’s on and off-ramps, as well as adding extra turn lanes on to and off the freeway at Moggill Road, to increase capacity.

This financial year Council has completed seven road projects with all but one of these projects making intersection upgrades.

Cr Quirk said identifying simple changes to intersections was helping to make big safety improvements for all road users.

“Not all of these projects involve a complete overhaul and some of the changes we’ve introduced are things like additional turning lanes to reduce queuing, introducing controlled turning arrows and removing dangerous turns where possible,” he said.

This financial year Council will invest $1.4 billion to tackle traffic congestion and make the city’s roads safer, which includes more than $60 million for road resurfacing and $1.6 million for traffic calming.





Road projects completed this financial year:
• $3.3 million Upper Kedron Road, Upper Kedron – Completed February 2013: works included realigning the road, removing the crest and providing facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.
• *$328,000 Jack Flynn Memorial Drive and Waminda Street, Morningside – Completed July 2012: works included extending left turn lanes from Jack Flynn Memorial Drive and adding a bicycle lane.
• $3 million Miles Platting Road/McKechnie Drive/Buckingham Place, Rochedale – Completed July 2012: works included widening and signalising the intersection to improve safety and traffic flow.
• $4.5 million Oxley Road and Clewley Street, Corinda – Completed September 2012: works included widening Oxley Road and installing additional dedicated turning lanes.
• $304,000 Wynnum Road and Bognor Street, Tingalpa – Completed August 2012: works included extending the right turn lane on Wynnum Road into Bognor Street to reduce queuing.
• *$350,000 Sandgate Road and Collins Street, Clayfield – Completed September 2012: works included installing permanent barrier to eliminate the risky turn across Sandgate Road.
• $15 million King Avenue and Sherbrook Road, Willawong – Completed February 2013: works included replacing the roundabout with traffic lights and widening the intersection.

Road projects currently underway
• *$1.9 million Ann and Gipps Street, Fortitude Valley – Construction began late January with works to remove the right hand turn into Ann Street already completed. Turning lane onto Wickham Street will be extended as will the turn onto Barry Parade.
• $20.5 million Moggill Road, Indooroopilly – Critical interchange upgrade to lengthen and widen on and off ramps. Early works began this month.
• **$199 million Robinson Road, Geebung open level crossing project –Major construction to begin by June to remove a major bottleneck between Nudgee Road and Sandgate Road.
• **$82 million Telegraph Road, Bracken Ridge open level crossing project – Major construction to begin by June to improve freight and motorist route in Bracken Ridge.
• Western Freeway, Toowong - The realignment of the Western Freeway onto the newly constructed inbound lanes at Toowong is expected to take place by early next week.




Road projects beginning by June 2013
• $1.2 million Payne and Kays Road, The Gap – The project will involve building a roundabout at the intersection.
• $1.8 million Gowan Road and Palatine Street, Calamvale – The project will involve signalising the intersection
• **$1.5 million Kelvin Grove Road and Windsor Street, Kelvin Grove – The project will involve the extension of the right turn pocket from Kelvin Grove Road into Bishop Street.
• $1.12 million Stafford Road and Shand Street, Stafford - The project involves extending the right- turn pocket from Shand Street into Stafford Road to reduce congestion.
• *$1,495,500 Lutwyche Road and Constitution Road, Windsor – Early works will commence by June to partially signalise the intersection of Constitution Road into Lutwyche Road.
• **$1.6 million New Cleveland Road and Manly Road, Tingalpa – Works will provide additional turn lane from Manly Road and fully control the right hand turn from Manly Road into New Cleveland Road.
• $1.5 million Jane and Montague Road, West End – Works will involve installing traffic lights with signalised pedestrian crossing on all four sides and banning the right turn movement from Montague Road into Jane Street.

Note:
*These projects are funded through the Federal Government’s black spot improvement program.
**These projects are co-funded by the Queensland Government.



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