By Georgia Parsonson
To minimise traffic accidents and congestion in Indooroopilly, Brisbane City Council has designed a $126 million overpass for one of West Brisbane’s busiest intersections.
Brisbane’s Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner, announced that construction for the project would begin in the middle of the year. It is anticipated to ease the commute for thousands of Brisbane’s drivers.
“This $126 million upgrade will provide a long-term solution, easing pressure on our road network by replacing the Indooroopilly roundabout with an overpass allowing traffic on Coonan Street to travel over Moggill Road,” he said.
“Based on the feedback we received from the community, the council has now completed the project design and is preparing to break ground with early construction works in mid-2021.
“Currently, the roundabout is operating above capacity during peak hour periods, with 38,000 vehicles per day to the west of Moggill Road, 47,000 to the east and 25,000 vehicles per day along Coonan Street.
“These works will improve traffic safety and access for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians connecting from adjoining suburbs to the CBD and broader Brisbane.”
The design has included amendments that will see changed access to the Indooroopilly Central shopping centre and improved pedestrian crossing facilities at Stamford Road and Coonan Street.
The $126 million project is jointly funded by the Brisbane City Council and by the Federal Government. It is part of a $500 million project to deliver transport upgrades across Brisbane.
The plan is expected to extend over two and a half years and support 388 jobs throughout the course of the project. It would also provide local businesses with the opportunity to secure contracts for the build.
“The project team has been working with the local business community to keep them informed about each stage of the project,” Schrinner said.
“During construction, traffic management plans will be in place to direct road users travelling through the area, and we will be working hard to minimise impacts on the local community every step of the way.”
Julian Simmonds, local federal MP, said the project is a vital collaboration between two spheres of government.
“With the two levels of Government working closer together than ever before, it is paying real dividends for Westside residents,” Mr Simmonds said.
“This long-awaited project will not only get residents home to their family sooner and safer, but it will also create new jobs in our local community.
Early works will start in mid-2021. The main construction of the overpass will begin later this year. Completion of the project is expected by early 2024.
Project and information sessions will take place on the 17th and the 19th of June 2021 at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre. The community may subscribe to receive the latest updates regarding the project via SMS or email. They may do so by visiting the council’s website.