Traffic congestion is one of the bug-bears of every driver and Council is delivering a series of innovative projects to improve the efficiency of our road network and reduce travel times.
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This year Council is investing $5.8 million into congestion reduction initiatives which includes a variety of measures including extending right turn lanes to allow for greater capacity, providing new right turn pockets where needed, reconfiguring lanes and introducing Left Turn on Red.
While some of these projects will be relatively minor they can have significant flow-on effects for the road network.
This week I announced that 10 new “Left Turn on Red” sites will be installed at key intersections across the city to reduce traffic wait-times and queuing at intersections.
These locations are in addition to 15 locations already operational across the city, that are making a significant difference to congestion.
Left Turn on Red allows motorists to turn left at a red light after coming to a complete stop and giving way to other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists at the intersection.
Motorists are saving up to 30 seconds wait at these intersections and it is resulting in improvements along these main road corridors.
The new sites that will feature Left Turn on Red are:
• McLennan Street into Albion Road, Albion
• Wyncroft Street into Cavendish Road, Holland Park
• Payne Road into Waterworks Rad, The Gap
• Hyde Road into Fairfield Road, Yeronga
• Delavan Street into Newnham Road, Upper Mt Gravatt
• Mt Ommaney Shopping Centre exit into Dandenong Road, Mt Ommaney
• Given Terrace into Fernberg Road, Paddington
• Bilsen Road into Zillmere Road, Boondall
• Church Road (northern leg) into Roghan Rd, Taigum
• Meadowlands Road into Belmont Road, Belmont.
Over the last few months, Council has also rolled out a series of congestion reduction measures on key roads including:
• extending the right turning lane on Gowan Road near Stretton College
• converting the Kelvin Grove Road T3 lane to a T2 lane
• allowing for an additional inbound lane on Coonan Street in Indooroopilly
• extending a right turn lane on Mains Street and Turton Street in Sunnybank
• extending a right turn lane on Cavendish Road at Creek Road in Mount Gravatt East
Council is also undertaking corridor studies of Cavendish Road, Toombul Road and Compton Road to identify possible future congestion reduction projects.
For more information on left turn on red or other congestion reduction initiatives, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.