By Juliano Oliveira
A safety upgrade on a significant intersection between Moggill Road and Coonan Street, in Indooroopilly, will finally be taken out of the paper.
The currently existing semi-controlled roundabout will give way to an overpass and traffic lights as detailed in a business case by the Brisbane City Council.
Detailed planning and design will follow next as the works on the Indooroopilly Roundabout Intersection Upgrade will start in mid-2021 and are expected to be completed in early 2024.
The intersection is considered problematic by the authorities, due to its high crash rate, with 32 recorded incidents between 2013-18, resulting in 10 hospitalisations and 17 cases requiring medical treatment. Daily, more than 110,000 vehicles utilise this route.
“It’s quite clear this roundabout needs upgrading to meet the growing demand on our road network, and that’s why we are investing in this important upgrade, with works scheduled to start in 2021,” Infrastructure Chair David McLachlan said.
“This $126 million upgrade, which is jointly funded by Brisbane City Council and the Federal Government, has a cost-benefit ratio of 2.0 and will support over 380 jobs for local residents and suppliers over the next four years.”
Cr McLachlan said the business case select two solutions out of 20 potential options, taking into account community consultation made in 2019.
“This project will not only improve safety and traffic flow for all road users and pedestrians, but there is also a focus on improving active travel with upgraded pedestrian and cycle paths along with improving the visual appeal of the area with new landscaping.”
Councillor James Mackay (Walter Taylor Ward) said residents had received the plans for the Indooroopilly Roundabout upgrade positively.
“A lot of planning and early works go into delivering a project of this dimension, removing a significant roundabout and replacing it with a much safer overpass and traffic lights solution. I look forward to seeing this project busting congestion and ensuring residents can travel safely,” Cr Mackay said.