Wynnum Road corridor upgrade a step closer

Major works would shortly get underway on the Wynnum Road corridor in East Brisbane, with the upgrade set to increase the arterial’s capacity and reduce congestion for the area’s long-suffering motorists.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk previously said the upgrade works would provide a crucial link to the bayside suburbs of Brisbane.

“The Stage 1b upgrade will provide interim measures to improve traffic efficiency and safety along the corridor between Canning Bridge and Riding road in Norman Park/Morningside,” Cr Quirk said.

“This will complement the Stage 1 upgrade, which will see Lytton Road in East Brisbane widened to six lanes from four, by 2020.

“These works will reduce travel time for all vehicles by up to 50 percent between Latrobe Street and Canning Bridge during peak periods.”

RACQ’s Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the project was sorely needed.

“The Wynnum Road corridor is a heavily used arterial, which carried over 56,000 vehicles per day during peak periods,” Dr Michael said.

“Anyone who lives in the region knows what a headache this stretch of road can be, especially during busy periods, like the morning and afternoon peaks.

“We welcome this upgrade and the additional capacity it’ll bring to the region, which will no doubt be a relief for the area’s frustrated motorists.”

A spokesperson for Brisbane City Council said work for the first half of 2018 would centre around the clearing of council-acquired land and the relocation of some trees in Mowbray Park, with the major road works to begin in the second half of the year.

The finished project would also boast a three-metre wide, off-road bike path between Mowbray Park and Laidlaw Parade, as well as a separate pedestrian footpath.