Brisbane City Council is nearing completion on a major upgrade of one of the city’s most important suburban arterial roads, with two major milestones on the final stage of the Telegraph Road corridor upgrade.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said that from tonight (Tuesday) the existing roundabout at the Telegraph Road, Depot Road and Lemke Road intersection would be removed and the newly constructed Lemke Road bridge would open to traffic for the first time.
“The $140 million final stage of the Telegraph Road corridor upgrade will complete the upgrade of the entire 4.3km corridor to four lanes, flood proofing and adding capacity to this major suburban connector,” Cr Quirk said.
“Telegraph Road is one of 1000 road improvement projects that Council is undertaking through a $2 billion investment to tackle traffic congestion this term.
“This congestion-busting upgrade will deliver up to 12-minute travel time savings during the afternoon peak by 2031.”
Infrastructure Chairman and local Councillor Amanda Cooper said the opening of the new Lemke Road bridge would be another significant milestone in the project and reduce queuing toward the Telegraph Road intersection.
“The new 74 metre-long bridge has been constructed adjacent to the existing bridge and is three metres higher to improve flood immunity to withstand a one-in-100-year flood,” she said.
“Construction of the new bridge has taken eight months to complete with 3500 tonnes of concrete was used to construct the 138 decking units which form a four-lane bridge.”
Cr Cooper said that from tonight, the current Telegraph Road roundabout would be removed, with construction to reconfigure the intersection to commence.
“The intersection upgrade is the final section of works on the Telegraph Road project, with the road set to open later in the year,” she said.
“Removing the roundabout at the intersection of Telegraph, Depot and Lemke Roads will cut traffic congestion in all directions and put a stop to queuing of up to 430 metres during peak periods.
“A temporary signalised T-intersection will be installed while works are underway and Council will provide a safe, signalised pedestrian and cyclist crossing, to allow access across Lemke Road, while a permanent crossing is installed as part of the final design.”
For more information on the Telegraph Road corridor upgrade, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on 3403 8888.