Concept designs have been revealed for the Wynnum Road Corridor upgrade.

The Wynnum Road corridor is one of our busiest roads across the city and carries over 56,000 vehicles every day.

Council is preparing for an upgrade to this busy stretch of Lytton Road from Latrobe Street to Canning Bridge at East Brisbane, adding an additional traffic lane in each direction.

Recently I unveiled the concept designs for this $115 million project, which will not only boost safety and convenience for motorists, but also for cyclists and pedestrians.

This is a vital upgrade to reduce congestion, boost the road’s capacity and cut travel times by up to 50 per cent during peak periods. Following extensive community feedback, the project will also include the construction of a dedicated off-road bikeway, enhancing safety for pedestrians and cyclists travelling to and from the eastern suburbs.

The number of cyclists continues to grow each year by about 8 per cent and these off-road, separated pedestrian and cycling pathways will add to the already significant off-road dedicated cycling routes across the city. Once complete, the project will l so
integrate the new Norman Creek cycle and pedestrian bridge and Heath Street upgrades, currently under construction at East Brisbane.

The Wynnum Road upgrade includes a range of works including realigning the bend of Lytton Road at Heidelberg Street, closing off Eskgrove Street access to Lytton Road, increasing traffic lane widths, rationalising and indenting bus bays along the project area to reduce impacts on traffic flow, and installing a median to prevent right-turns into private properties and local side streets.

The detailed designs will continue to be completed over the next year as well as the continuing property acquisition process, in advance of construction being undertaken between from early 2018.

Council is committed to ensuring our city has the infrastructure needed to withstand future growth, and the Wynnum Road upgrade is a key part of this vision to take our city forward.

On another note, Legacy Way has now been opened for several weeks and early reports are that it is making a significant difference to the surface road traffic on Milton Road and Coronation Drive.

This is another important capacity-building link in our road network and I’m confident it will continue to relieve pressure elsewhere on roads in the Western suburbs.

Finally, plans for the widening of Kingsford Smith Drive to six lanes are also well underway and I look forward to construction commencing in the first half of 2016.In addition to easing traffic congestion, this project will also create an entry statement to Brisbane, transforming one of the city’s most significant routes into a vibrant urban corridor with the Brisbane River as the centrepiece.