Indooroopilly roundabout a good start RACQ

RACQ has supported Brisbane City Council’s $126 million plan to replace the Indooroopilly roundabout with an overpass, but called for better cycling infrastructure and more congestion busting projects for the western suburbs.

The Brisbane Times reported the intersection at Coonan Street would be modified to create an overpass with traffic lights to allow inbound traffic leaving the street to clear Moggill Road and merge safely.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the move would improve safety and provide congestion relief for the tens of thousands of motorists who used it every day.

“This roundabout is notorious for heavy traffic in the morning and afternoon peaks but what’s worse is its poor safety record,” Dr Michael said.

“We’re supportive of this upgrade because it will make a real difference for those locals using it and it’s good to see the project also includes improved paths for those walking and cycling.

“But it could go further. We’re calling on Brisbane City Council to continue to work on improving bicycle paths and lanes to provide better connections with other cycling links in the area.”

Dr Michael said while the plan for the Indooroopilly roundabout was a step in the right direction, there were other congestion hot spots that needed urgent attention in the western suburbs.

“Walter Taylor Bridge and Moggill Road will still be the bottlenecks that grind traffic to a halt so until those pinch points are fixed, they’ll still cause headaches for local motorists,” she said.

“We’re urging which ever party wins the State Election to work with Brisbane City Council to ease congestion in the south west by progressing the Kenmore bypass, reviewing options to upgrade the Walter Taylor Bridge, delivering the Centenary Bridge upgrade and adding additional lanes between the Ipswich Motorway and Toowong.”