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

MEDIA RELEASE

 


 

5 March 2019

SPEEDIER AND SAFER TRAVEL FOR WACOL RESIDENTS AS PROGRESS ROAD UPGRADE COMPLETED 

Wacol residents will experience quicker and safer travel along Progress Road, following the completion of Stage 4 of an upgrade of the route in Brisbane’s south-east.

Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport Scott Buchholz said the $37.5 million project between Boundary Road and the Centenary Motorway in Wacol would improve safety and flood immunity as well as increase capacity to cater for future traffic growth.

“With construction having started in December 2017, this project was the final part of the Progress Road Upgrade between the Ipswich Motorway and Poinsettia Street,” Mr Buchholz said.

“Stage 4 has widened the existing road to five lanes and provided a centre median, a 1.8-metre-wide pedestrian path on the south side of Progress Road, on-road cycle lanes in both directions, a three-metre-wide shared pathway on the north side and replaced bridge culverts at Bullockhead Creek to increase flood immunity.

“Traffic modelling has predicted that by 2031 traffic volumes would have exceeded the single-lane capacity between Boundary Road and the Centenary Motorway, leading to increased congestion and crash risks — making this upgrade all the more important.”

Senator for Queensland Amanda Stoker said the final stage of work on Progress Road followed the completion of works on the first three stages of the project: Garden Road to Poinsettia Street, Ipswich Motorway to Boundary Road and Boundary Road to the Komatsu intersection and, Garden Road to Teraba Street.

“Progress Road carries approximately 15,000 vehicles per day, with up to 700 vehicles per hour in each direction during peak times,” Senator Stoker said.

“It is classified as a primary freight access and B-Double route, with truck volumes along the corridor representing up to 14 per cent of all vehicles.

“The upgrade of this road demonstrates the Australian Government’s commitment to working with local governments to provide better and safer road access for heavy vehicle operators and local communities, ensuring roads can meet future traffic needs.”

Lord Mayor of Brisbane Graham Quirk said Progress Road formed an important link between the Centenary Motorway, the Ipswich Motorway and surrounding industrial precincts.

“In recent years, Progress Road has been susceptible to flooding with access cut-off to tens of thousands of road users in 2011 and 2013,” Cr Quirk said.

“This is the fourth and final stage of a multi-million-dollar upgrade, and will significantly reduce the likelihood of this happening again with the construction of a new bridge over Bullockhead Creek.

“Council is committed to helping road users travel quicker and safer, and this upgrade is part of a $1.3 billion investment to deliver more than 90 road improvement projects across Brisbane.

“We thank the Australian Government for their assistance and the local community for their patience as we completed this important upgrade.”

The Australian Government contributed $21.8 million to the project through the Roads to Recovery Program, while Brisbane City Council contributed $15.7 million.

For more information, visit brisbane.qld.gov.au or call (07) 3403 8888.

ENDS

 

Media Contacts:

Mr Buchholz – Matt Dunstan 0411 535 072

Senator Stoker – Julia Dixon 0403 139 823

Cr Quirk – Hannah Williams 0431 051 457