Construction commences on congested corridor

Brisbane City Council is driving ahead with a major upgrade of the notorious Murphy Road and Ellison Road corridor, with construction commencing on the congestion-busting project.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the intersection of Murphy and Ellison roads was used by more than 37,000 vehicles each day and was currently reaching capacity during peak periods.

“Council is committed to helping residents get home quicker and safer, which is why we are getting on with the job of delivering this important corridor upgrade,” Cr Quirk said.

“The Murphy Road and Ellison Road roundabout is also a well-known blackspot, with 11 accidents reported over a five-year period and this upgrade is expected to reduce the risk of crashes by 40 per cent at the intersections of Murphy and Ellison roads as well as Kittyhawk Drive and Butt Street.

“This corridor forms an important link between one of Brisbane’s major shopping hubs, the Geebung train station, Gympie Road as well as the popular Marchant and 7th Brigade parks.

“Without this congestion-busting upgrade, motorists using this intersection would be facing delays of up to 10-minutes and bumper-to-bumper queues by 2031.”

Infrastructure Chairman Amanda Cooper said the corridor upgrade would deliver more lanes, replacing the current roundabout with traffic signals and signalised pedestrian crossings.

“This intersection provides access to one of Brisbane’s most popular leisure hubs and we want to make it easier for the community to take advantage of the vibrant lifestyle opportunities on offer,” Cr Cooper said.

“It’s not just about making it easier for motorists. This upgrade will also deliver benefits for pedestrians, cyclists and buses with signalised crossings, on-road cycle lanes as well as indented bus lanes.

“The project will also deliver benefits for park-users, with off-road parking for 80 vehicles at Marchant Park and 7th Brigade Park.

“Without Council’s intervention these queues will only grow longer and motorists would be looking through their windscreens at 1.6-kilometre long queues by 2031.

“We are committed to getting residents home quicker and safer and this upgrade is part of our $1.3 billion investment to deliver 90 road upgrades across Brisbane.”

Construction is expected to be completed next year, with the majority of works to be undertaken between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday. The speed limit will be reduced to 40km/h for the duration of the project in areas adjacent to road works.

For more information, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on 3403 8888.