Brisbane City Council’s plans for a major upgrade to transform Murphy and Ellison Roads in Geebung are driving ahead with Council now calling for tenders to deliver the $40 million congestion-busting project.
Chairman for Infrastructure Cr Amanda Cooper said the upgrade would deliver more lanes along Murphy Road and an intersection upgrade at Ellison Road to help residents get home quicker and safer.
“Council is taking real action on congestion across the city, and this project is part of our $1.3 billion investment to deliver more than 90 congestion-busting road projects across the city,” Cr Cooper said.
“The intersection of Murphy and Ellison Roads forms an important link to Geebung train station, Marchant and 7th Brigade Parks, Gympie Road and Westfield Chermside and is already operating at capacity in the morning and afternoon peak periods.
“Council’s upgrade will transform this corridor with the Murphy and Ellison Roads intersection signalised, Murphy Road widened to four lanes from Gympie Road through to Butt Street as well as upgrades at the Murphy Road, Kittyhawk Drive and Butt Street intersections.
“Motorists continue to face serious congestion at this intersection with more than 1,000 vehicles travelling between Gympie Road and Butt Street during peak periods.
“Without intervention this is only expected to increase, with one-kilometre long queues on Murphy Road and delays exceeding five minutes expected by 2021 without intervention.”
Local Councillor Fiona King said 11 accidents had been reported at the Murphy and Ellison Roads intersection between 2011 and 2015 with a further five accidents reported at the Murphy Road and Kittyhawk Drive.
“The safety of this road corridor has been a key concern raised by the local community and this project will provide enhanced facilities for cyclists and pedestrians to improve safety for all road users,” Cr King said.
“It will see pedestrian crossing facilities provided at Butt Street and Murphy Road, on-road cycle lanes on Murphy and Ellison Road as well as indented bus bays adjacent to the Murphy and Ellison Road intersection to maintain traffic flow.
“The nearby Marchant and 7th Brigade parks are highly popular, and this upgrade will make it easier for visitors to find a park with formalised parking being provided on both sides of Murphy Road as part of this project.”
Council is accepting tender submissions until 15 June 2018, with constructed expected to commence in late 2018.