Commercial Road drainage upgrade - Teneriffe

The drainage upgrade at Commercial Road, Teneriffe is part of Brisbane City Council’s commitment to ensuring our city has the services and infrastructure to meet the needs of future generations.

Project summary

This project summary table includes address, ward, project outcomes and latest update for the Commercial Road drainage upgrade project.
Address Commercial Road, Teneriffe
Ward Central Ward
Project outcomes Improve drainage system by increasing capacity and minimising potential flooding impacts.
Latest update

Works in Florence Street complete

Chermside Street work has commenced

About the project

The upgrade work includes:
  • installing a new 1650 millimetre stormwater pipe along Commercial Road from Vernon Terrace to Harcourt Street along with smaller diameter pipes to connect to the existing drainage system. Works will also enter Chermside Street, Kent Street and Harcourt Street
  • upgrading supporting drainage infrastructure in Florence Street, Chermside Street, Kent Street and Harcourt Street
  • installing new gully pits and manholes                                                                                                   
  • sealing abandoned pipes and filling with concrete.

Works are being completed in sections starting from Vernon Terrace working towards Harcourt Street. In order to safely complete the works in each section, on-street parking will be restricted and the inbound lane closed in sections of up to 50 metres.

Once complete, these works will:

  • increase the capacity of the drainage system
  • improve flood immunity for the community in the area.


The project started in February 2019 and is expected to be completed in early 2020.

Construction will primarily take place between 6.30am and 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday. Although night works are not currently planned, where works cannot safely be carried out during the day, night works may be required. These works would take place 7pm to 5am, Sunday to Thursday. Council will endeavor to minimise the occurrence of night works wherever possible. 

Florence Street

The works at the Florence Street and Commercial Road intersection have progressed well. It is anticipated that Florence Street will be reopened from Monday 14 October and the detour will no longer be required as the construction will have progressed a safe distance from the intersection. This timing is subject to weather and construction conditions. 

Chermside Street

Drainage upgrade works will be required approximately 30 metres into Chermside Street, from Commercial Road. These works will connect new supporting drainage infrastructure to the larger drainage structure on Commercial Road. Construction in Chermside Street will follow the completion of works in Florence Street and it is expected to take approximately six weeks to complete, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Access to properties on Chermside Street will be maintained during works, and traffic control will be in place to assist residents and motorists around the worksite.

In order to complete these works some parking restrictions are required in Chermside Street as well as the temporary closure of the CityCycle station. Both parking and CityCycle facilities will be returned for use as soon as practical.

Impacts during construction

For the safety of workers, pedestrians and cyclists, the work area will be fenced for the duration of works. Due to workplace health and safety requirements, reversing beepers cannot be switched off.

Properties in close proximity to the work may experience some construction noise, dust, vibration and increased truck movements. These aspects will be monitored and every effort will be made to minimise the impacts on the local community.

Council is committed to keeping local residents and businesses informed of construction activities in their area and will provide advance notification of activities likely to cause disruption. We would like to thank the local community for their patience and understanding during these important works to improve the drainage capacity of the area.

Temporary detour

A temporary lane closure is required on Chermside Street while the works are undertaken in the area. Commercial Road will also have a temporary lane closure in place during the construction to facilitate the remaining work.

Traffic controllers and signage will be in place to safely direct road users around the site at all times, including outside of construction work hours. Motorists may experience some delays as they move through the area.

Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause. Access to residential and business's car parks will remain open. Advance notification will be provided should any access impacts arise.

Site office relocation

The site office and equipment storage area will be relocated from Florence Street to areas within Chermside Street and Kent Street. This is more practical for the current work location. The site office relocation will require occupation of a number of on-street car parks. Council apologises in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

The on-street car parking will be restored as soon as practical after project completion.

More information

If you would like to provide comments, ask questions or find out more about the Commercial Road drainage upgrade project, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 884 681
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Commercial Road drainage upgrade project
    City Projects
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated:11 October 2019