Thursday, May 30, 2024

Safety upgrades for North Brisbane intersections

Brisbane City Council is futureproofing two busy major thoroughfares in Brisbane’s north with roundabout safety upgrades.

Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner said more than $5.8 million had been invested into upgrades at Nundah’s Melton and Hows Road intersection and Kedron’s Edinburgh Castle Road and Colac Street intersection.

“Road safety is one of my biggest priorities and through these upgrades, we’re ensuring residents can travel around our city safely,” Lord Mayor Schrinner said.

“Both of these intersections are high-capacity thoroughfares, with approximately 15,500 vehicles, 130 pedestrians and 35 cyclists using the Melton Road and Hows Road intersection daily.”

The Edinburgh Castle Road and Colac Street intersection is controlled by a five-way roundabout, with Edinburgh Castle Road carrying approximately 18,000 vehicles per day and Colac Street approximately 4500 vehicles per day.

“The safety measures we’ve undertaken at both intersections will improve the flow of traffic and increase connectivity and safety,” the Lord Mayor said.

“In Nundah, we’ve completed a more than $4 million investment, with a new roundabout installed at the Melton Road and Hows Road intersections as well as the upgrade featuring splitter islands and pedestrian refuges on each approach to the roundabout.”

An additional pedestrian refuge crossing further south of the roundabout has been installed to improve pedestrian connectivity in the area.

“Kedron’s Edinburgh Castle Road and Colac Street roundabout has been modified to increase the size of the central island and slow circulating traffic by increasing the turning movement for vehicles entering and exiting the roundabout.”

“Pedestrian ramps and pram ramps has also been upgraded and features new LED street lighting.”

Lord Mayor Schrinner said the upgrades were part of a suite of city-shaping projects to deliver a more connected and accessible Brisbane.  

“We’re delivering a huge investment into infrastructure across the city, with $1.1 billion being invested to maintain and improve Brisbane’s road and active transport network, ahead of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” he said.

The Melton and Hows Road upgrade was jointly funded by Council and the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program. The Edinburgh Castle Road and Colac Street intersection upgrade is jointly funded Council and the State Government.

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