Wheels turn on $260 million Telegraph Road upgrade

A major upgrade to one of the city’s busiest suburban roads is one step closer to completion, with widening of Telegraph Road to four lanes now complete between Norris Road and Mustang Street, and earthworks underway from Mustang Street to the Gateway Motorway.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Telegraph Road was one of Brisbane’s key arterial roads, and the major capacity upgrade was a key initiative to tackle traffic congestion on the city’s road network.

“Council is committed to taking real action on traffic congestion and is investing $1.3 billion to undertake more than 90 road upgrades,” Cr Quirk said.

“A $260 million widening of the Telegraph Road corridor is one of these projects and will provide a continuous four-lane arterial from Lacey Road, Bald Hills, to Mustang Street, Bracken Ridge.

Federal Member for Petrie, Luke Howarth said the Federal Government and Council were committed to building a safer, more efficient Brisbane road network for all motorists.

“This arterial road upgrade continues the Coalition Government’s commitment to deliver better roads and a stronger national transport network through infrastructure investment,” Mr Howarth said.

“We’re pleased to work with Council to deliver this important upgrade that continues the work already completed in Stage 1A, which widened Telegraph Road from the rail overpass to Norris Road.”

Cr Quirk said Council had today switched-on a new signalised traffic intersection at Telegraph Road and Mustang Street.

“From last week, major earthworks are now also underway on the final stage, to prepare for realignment of drainage channels and prepare for foundation and piling works,” he said.

“More than 60,000 cubic metres of fill will be trucked to the site, to build up new embankments on Lemke Road and widen the Southern side of Telegraph Road.”

Infrastructure Chairman Amanda Cooper said as well as increasing flood immunity for Telegraph Road, the upgrade would allow motorists to get home quicker and safer.

“Travel times along Telegraph Road will be more than halved when it is widened to four lanes, with residents saving as much as eight minutes eastbound during the morning peak and 12 minutes westbound during the afternoon peak, by 2031,” Cr Cooper said.

“Council will also be delivering a number of pedestrian improvements on Lemke Road, as part of the project.

“Council is awaiting advice from the Coroner’s office following a fatality and is considering a new signalised pedestrian crossing outside the Sandgate Hawks Sporting Club, to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists crossing Lemke Road, together with a new underpass at the Lemke Road bridge.”

Council is fully funding Stage 2 Telegraph Road corridor upgrade ($140 million), with Stage 1B ($23.1 million) jointly funded by the Australian Government Roads to Recovery Programme.

For more information on the Telegraph Road corridor upgrade visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.