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Major upgrade to boost safety at busy Newstead intersection

Submitted by TPA Editor on Mon, 12/10/2015 - 1:37pm

Major upgrade to boost safety at busy Newstead intersection

 A busy intersection in a bustling inner-city suburb will soon be much safer and cater to increased traffic with Brisbane City Council commencing a major congestion-busting project in Newstead.

Infrastructure Chairman Adrian Schrinner said off the back of Council’s renewal of the urban centre, Council is investing $1.2 million to upgrade the intersection of Commercial Road, Skyring Terrace, and Vernon Terrace to cater to added growth locally.

“This intersection already carries around 1100 vehicles each hour during morning and evening peak periods, and this figure will continue to grow as the area welcomes more and more people wanting to live and work in the area,” Cr Schrinner said.

“This is also a popular intersection for pedestrians, with around 1300 people currently using the un-signalised pedestrian crossing on Skyring Terrance each day. 

“Council is committed to ensuring Brisbane’s road network is safe and accessible for all road users, and this project will go a long way in ensuring people travel more safely and freely through the area.

“This project will involve a range of congestion-busting measures including installing traffic signals at the intersection to improve safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

“Signalised pedestrian crossings will also be installed on Commercial Road, Skyring Terrace and Vernon Terrace and on-road bike lanes will be installed on all four approaches to the signalised intersection.”

Central Ward Councillor Vicki Howard said right hand turn pockets would also be installed on Skyring Terrace and Vernon Terrace to improve traffic flow.

“Eight crashes have been recorded at this intersection over five years with most occurring because vehicles failed to give way,” Cr Howard said.

“This will greatly improve the overall safety at this intersection, and improve access for people travelling to and from nearby facilities such as the Teneriffe ferry terminal.

“Council will also undertake turfing and landscaping works in the area, including planting 17 trees to replace five trees that need to be removed for the improvements to occur.

“Five trees including one small-leafed fig will be removed to make way for the upgrade, and to improve visibility for motorists.”

Hamilton Ward Councillor David McLachlan said the intersection was heavily utilised by local traffic, commercial vehicles and high frequency buses accessing Newstead, New Farm and Fortitude Valley.

“This project is part of Council’s commitment to keep Brisbane moving, by tackling traffic hotspots across the city and implementing common-sense measures to improve travel times and increase traffic safety,” Cr McLachlan said.

“Works to upgrade this busy intersection will generally take place between 8pm and 5am Sunday to Thursday when traffic volumes are lowest to ensure the safety of motorists and workers and to minimise traffic disruptions.

“Five on-street parking bays will also be removed to make way for the on-road bicycle lanes, and Council will be reinstating four of those parks following the project’s completion by relocating a nearby CityCycle station closer to the ferry terminal.

“I thank residents and commuters for their patience as we complete this vital works to make our roads safer and more accessible.”

For more information about the Commercial Road and Skyring Terrace intersection upgrade visit brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone 3403 8888.

 

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