A joint Federal Government and Brisbane City Council initiative will see a $650million upgrade to Kingsford Smith Drive at Hamilton.

Aimed at increasing the capacity of the main thoroughfare to reduce traffic congestion, the plans include improvements to public transport and safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

“Kingsford Smith Drive currently carries up to 70,000 vehicles on average each day,” says Lord Mayor Graham Quirk. “We are upgrading Kingsford Smith Drive between Riverview Terrace and Breakfast Creek Road to six lanes, to allow this transport corridor to cope with future growth of our city.”

The upgrade will see two additional traffic lanes added, changes to intersections at Amy Street, Riverview Terrace, Racecourse, Harbour and Nudgee Roads, and Theodore Street, new indented bus bays to increase public transport accessibility, on- and off-road cyclist facilities, the relocation of the Brett’s Wharf CityCat terminal, and the installation of a pedestrian overpass at Cooksley Street and Crescent Road.

“I’ve always said that Kingsford Smith Drive is this city’s next major infrastructure project and we are now moving forward with work to widen the road to six lanes via a retaining wall built out into the Brisbane River,” says Cr Quirk.

Feedback from locals is welcomed at two community information sessions that will occur on Sunday 23 February (7am to 12.30pm at Eagle Farm Markets, 230 Lancaster Road Ascot) and Wednesday 26 February (6pm to 9pm, Gallopers Sports Club, cnr Lancaster and Nudgee Roads, Ascot).

“We are interested to learn what outcomes the community would like from the project in regards to active lifestyle options, visual appeal, shade and access to the river,” says Cr Quirk.

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