Major changes to Kingsford Smith Drive aim to reduce congestion and improve road safety.
It won’t surprise regular users of Kingsford Smith Drive to learn that up to 70,000 vehicles travel along this busy arterial road each day and that more trucks travel along this corridor than some sections of the Logan and Pacific Motorways.
Recently I announced council’s plan to reduce congestion and improve safety for road users by widening Kingsford Smith Drive between Theodore Street and Breakfast Creek Road from four lanes to six lanes. This is an important upgrade and council wants to make sure that it benefits all residents, which is why last year we consulted with local residents about a proposed design. Council received some great feedback with 500 submissions and more than 300 discussions at information stalls.
After listening to community feedback, council has made two major changes to the project at the Cooksley Street intersection and at Cameron Rocks Reserve. We have now made changes to the design and the Cooksley Street intersection will remain a signalised all-movement intersection, with easy access to the Inner City Bypass and the CBD.
Residents also indicated that they wanted to see more of Cameron Rocks Reserve preserved and we have now altered the alignment of the upgrade to allow many of the existing trees and green space to be kept. Feedback was very positive about the addition of bikeways, pedestrian paths and indented bus stops along Kingsford Smith Drive, which will reduce impacts on traffic flow.
Council is now in the process of calling for tenders for Kingsford Smith Drive and we expect to allow a contract late this year. As part of the upgrade project, we have announced that council will be partnering with Queensland Urban Utilities to upgrade a section of Brisbane’s oldest sewer along Kingsford Smith Drive.
The S1 Main Sewer, which carries 60 per cent of Brisbane’s sewerage, needs to be rehabilitated to extend its operational life by at least another 50 years. This partnership will minimise impacts to traffic disruption by conducting the works as part of the project with early works on the sewer due to begin in March.
More information about the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade is available on council’s website, or by phoning council on 3403 8888.