Hamilton motorists halted – roadworks underway

Motorists have been warned of major delays from this weekend through Brisbane’s north as the $650 million upgrade to Kingsford Smith Drive reaches its halfway mark.

Over the next five weekends Kingsford Smith Drive would be reduced to one lane in each direction between Cooksley Street at Albion and Nudgee Road at Hamilton as underground work takes place.

The road closures will take effect from 7pm Friday night through to 5am Monday morning.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk admitted there would be some disruption but said the upgrades were aimed at reducing travel times by about 30 percent on the major thoroughfare.

“Works on this vital project for Brisbane have been ramping up, with construction now shifting focus to creating new lifestyle and leisure opportunities for residents through the delivery of the river walk,” Cr Quirk said.

“Over the coming five weeks, there will be co-operation needed from residents.”

RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said heavy congestion was expected as a result of the lane reductions.

“We would encourage motorists to avoid using Kingsford Smith Drive while these upgrades take place,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Traffic may well be banked up in surrounding streets as well, so motorists need to ensure they’re leaving plenty of time to get to their destination.”

The latest road conditions can be viewed on the RACQ Road Conditions website.