Thursday, February 22, 2024

Overpass takes shape on crash-prone Brisbane intersection

One of Brisbane’s biggest road projects is beginning to take shape, with the crash-prone Indooroopilly Roundabout now removed as part of the City’s Moggill Road Corridor Upgrade.

Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner said construction was well underway on a replacement overpass following the roundabout’s removal.

“The Moggill Road Corridor Upgrade Project is a demonstration of our commitment to ensuring residents get home sooner and safer,” the Lord Mayor said.

Under the first stage of the project, a new overpass from Coonan Street over Moggill Road is being constructed to replace the roundabout.

An artist’s impression of the finished section.

“The old roundabout has now been removed and the replacement overpass is starting to take shape which is a major milestone for this important project,” Lord Mayor Schrinner said.

Over the next 12 months, significant work will continue including the construction of the bridge foundations on the Coonan Street approach which will form the overpass over Moggill Road.

“The next big milestone will be the lifting of the bridge decks into place to complete the overpass, which should occur in mid to late 2023.”

The new intersection, a joint initiative funded by Council and the Federal Government, will deliver a crucial link to Brisbane’s outer west, the south-west suburbs and the CBD via two major arterial roads.

“The intersection is key to moving motorists through Brisbane’s western corridor, but it also has a high crash history,” the Lord Mayor said.

During peak hour periods, the intersection currently operates above capacity 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.

“Council data shows that between 2013 and 2018, 32 incidents were recorded with 10 resulting in hospitalisations, 17 requiring medical treatment, and five resulting in minor injuries.

“The upgrade is designed to dramatically enhance safety for all, providing several safe crossing points for pedestrians which did not previously exist and creating shared pedestrian and cycle paths will facilitate active travel and connectivity.”

As part of the project, 22,000 tonnes of concrete will be poured, 1,440 tonnes of reinforcing steel will be used, and 117 prestressed concrete bridge beams will be installed. 

The second stage of the project includes a series of indented bus stops and other measures to improve traffic flow on Moggill Road.

Lord Mayor Schrinner, who today inspected progress on the corridor upgrade, said the project is also delivering a big local economic benefit.

“Not only are we ensuring this much-needed upgrade is undertaken, this project is also delivering local jobs,” he said.

“More than 1233 people have worked on the project since it commenced in November 2021, clocking up more than 311,154 hours.”

Stage 1 construction works are expected to be completed in 2024, with all works on track to be completed by mid-2024.

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