The Hon Scott Buchholz MP
Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport
Federal Member for Wright
Senator Amanda Stoker
Senator for Queensland
Cr Graham Quirk
Lord Mayor of Brisbane City
11 March 2019
WORKS BEGIN ON KEY RUNCORN INTERSECTION UPGRADE
Construction work has begun on improving safety and access at the Warrigal Road, Bellmead Street and Plum Street intersection at Runcorn.
Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport Scott Buchholz said the $4.86 million upgrade, which is being jointly funded by the Coalition Government through the Roads to Recovery Program and Brisbane City Council, would also enable the intersection to cater for future increases in traffic volumes.
“Through the Roads to Recovery Program, we encourage local councils to undertake projects that will reduce the likelihood of fatalities and serious injuries,” Mr Buchholz said.
“Since 2012, there have been two accidents reported at the intersection of Warrigal Road, Bellmead Street and Plum Street, both of which caused serious injuries.
“The current intersection also suffers from congestion problems due to traffic on Warrigal Road hindering access into and out of Bellmead Street and Plum Street, particularly during the morning and afternoon peak periods.
“This upgrade will improve traffic capacity and safety through the intersection by widening Warrigal Road to allow for an additional lane each way and installing traffic signals.”
LNP Senator Amanda Stoker said Warrigal Road was a busy road that currently carries 12,000 vehicles per day, including around 480 heavy vehicles.
“Warrigal Road connects several key roads and facilities in the local area including Beenleigh Road and Padstow Road, Fruitgrove Train Station, the shopping districts at Underwood Road and Daw Road, Runcorn State High, and Jagera Park and Wealth Street Park,” Senator Stoker said.
“Currently, when lowered, the rail crossing boom gates at the southern end of Warrigal Road create traffic congestion and queuing on Warrigal Road, extending through the intersection of Bellmead Street and Plum Street.
“Once works on the upgrade are completed, all motorists using this intersection will benefit from safer, quicker journeys.
“Pedestrians and cyclists will also benefit from the installation of intersection crossings and two-metre-wide shared pedestrian and cycle paths on either side of Warrigal Road.”
Lord Mayor of Brisbane City Graham Quirk said the works would also involve widening the northern side of Plum Street adjacent to Warrigal Road, resurfacing sections of Warrigal Road, Bellmead Street and Plum Street near the intersection as well as line-marking.
“Council is committed to tackling traffic congestion so residents can spend less time travelling and more time at home with their family,” Cr Quirk said.
“Once complete, this upgrade will increase capacity to accommodate existing and future traffic demands, improve connectivity and safety for all road users and get residents home quicker and safer.
“To facilitate the project, Plum Street will be closed at Warrigal Road for about eight weeks, helping to expedite the works and reduce impacts on local residents.
“Most works will be undertaken between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday and I thank residents for their patience as this important upgrade is completed.”
The project is expected to be completed by mid-2019, weather permitting.
The Australian Government contributed $2.65 million to the upgrade through the Roads to Recovery program, while the Brisbane City Council contributed the remaining $2.2 million.
For more information visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.
Mr Buchholz – Matt Dunstan 0411 535 072
Senator Stoker – Julia Dixon 0403 139 823
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk – Hannah Williams 0431 051 457