Wynnum Road corridor upgrade: Stage 1 - East Brisbane

The Wynnum Road corridor is an important route in Brisbane’s road network. It provides access between suburban and commercial catchments in the eastern suburbs of Brisbane, Brisbane Central Business District and beyond. 

Brisbane City Council is delivering the upgrade to this corridor in stages. Stage 1 of the upgrade is from Latrobe Street to Canning Bridge. Once completed, this section of Lytton Road will have six lanes.

Stage 1b of the corridor upgrade will complement the works undertaken in Stage 1 by implementing interim measures to improve traffic efficiency and safety along Wynnum Road, between Canning Bridge and Riding Road.

Construction works for Stage 1 and Stage 1b will be coordinated.

Stage 1 fly-through video

Watch the fly-through video to learn about this stage of the project.

You can also watch this video and other related videos on Council's YouTube channel.

Read supporting information for this video.

Project summary

Table with project summary information including address, ward, lastest news and project outcome for the Wynnum Road corridor upgrade project.
Address Lytton Road - Latrobe Street to Canning Bridge, East Brisbane
Ward The Gabba
Project outcome This upgrade will improve safety for all road users and will help cater for existing and future traffic demands along this busy corridor.
Latest news

Construction activities commenced in early 2018. Expected completion of works is early 2020.

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Related projects Read more about Stage 1b of this project for further information. 

Project features

Stage 1 of the Wynnum Road corridor upgrade involves:

  • widening Lytton Road between Latrobe Street and Canning Bridge from four to six lanes
  • upgrading the bend at Heidelberg Street by changing the curve to improve safety
  • increasing lane widths to 3.3 metres for the inside lanes and 3.7 metres for the outside lanes to improve safety
  • relocating and signalising the intersection at Laidlaw Parade and Lytton Road
  • installing a U-turn facility at the new Laidlaw Parade and Lytton Road intersection
  • installing a centre median to prevent right turns
  • rationalising and indenting bus bays to reduce the impact on traffic flow and improve efficiency
  • providing off-road bike path between Mowbray Park and Laidlaw Parade, with a separate pedestrian footpath
  • removing access to Eskgrove and Scanlan Streets from Lytton Road
  • undergrounding the existing overhead service lines
  • installing up-lighting under feature trees and the war memorial and providing free Wi-Fi in Mowbray Park.

Project benefits

When complete, stage 1 will:

  • improve safety for all road users 
  • improve road capacity to cater for current demands and accommodate expected traffic growth 
  • improve travel times
  • reduce congestion.

Footpath closures

The existing footpath on the southern side of Lytton Road, between Wellington Road and Heidelberg Street, has been temporarily closed to allow service relocation works to continue.

A pedestrian and cyclist detour is in place. Traffic controllers are onsite during working hours to assist pedestrians and cyclists through the area.

Extended weekend works

A short-term program of extended weekend works (Friday night to Sunday night) on Lytton Road will run throughout the duration of the project. During these weekend works a variety of temporary traffic control measures may be in place.

While works are carried out during the day and at night on weekends during this period, noisier works (such as road/saw cutting and jackhammering) will be carried out during the day, or prior to 11pm at night, where possible. 

Traffic control measures will be in place for the protection of footpath users and traffic controllers and onsite signage will assist with directing road and footpath users through the area.

Construction update - upcoming works until March 2020

The following works are currently being carried out within the project area. 

Traffic changes

The new signalised intersection at Lytton Road and Kulpurum Street is now operational. The previous accesses from Lytton Road to Laidlaw Parade and Scanlan Street are now permanently closed.

Temporary road closures

Access to local side streets will be temporarily changed to allow construction of new utilities and pavements. Notification of the following temporary closures will be provided in further detail once dates have been confirmed.

The temporary road closures will include:

  • left turn into Heidelberg Street from Lytton Road will be temporarily closed for while a new intersection is constructed. Detour signage will be in place advising vehicles to use Walter Avenue and Heath Street to access Heidelberg Street from Lytton Road
  • Manilla Street and Geelong Street will be closed at Lytton Road at separate times to allow utility crossing works to be carried out. Detour signage will be in place advising vehicles to use Mowbray Terrace to access the closed street
  • Stafford Street and Northcote Street will be closed at Lytton Road at separate times to allow utility crossing works to be carried out. Detour signage will be in place advising vehicles to use Mowbray Terrace to access the closed street.

Temporary lane closures

A temporary single lane closure on Lytton Road, between Wellington Road and Canning Bridge, will continue in the outbound lane from 6am-2.30pm on weekdays and 9.30am-6pm on the inbound lane. 

Lane closures may also be in place for night works between 7pm-5am.

While every effort is made to have lanes reopened at the advertised times, for the safety of road users and workers, site conditions may require the lanes to remain closed in certain circumstances.

Lane closures on the inbound lane of Lytton Road are in place to allow the relocation of services such as electricity. The footpath on Lytton Road is currently closed for these works, with pedestrians diverted into the lane closure in sections.

Bus stop changes

Bus stop 15a (inbound) is now closed permanently and bus stop 15 (inbound) will be temporarily relocated to the western side of Latrobe Street (in front of the BP service station) from mid-December. Bus services remain the same.

Asphalting and pavement works

The removal of the existing kerb and construction of the new road pavement, including asphalting the road will be carried out on Lytton Road between Canning Bridge and Manilla Street from 7pm to 5am from Sunday 1 March 2020 for approximately four weeks, weather and site conditions permitting. The following locations will be affected:

  • Heidelberg Street to Manilla Street between 1-12 March
  • Canning Bridge to Heidelberg Street between 10-27 March.

Additional works may occur in other areas of Lytton Road (as required), weather and site conditions permitting.

These works involve profile excavation, then sealing and asphalting the road surface. During these works, you may experience levels of vibration, noise and odour impacts and increased lighting and construction vehicle movements in the area. Affected residents in close proximity to the works will be notified prior to the works commencing.

Raised sewer pits on Lytton Road

Temporary asphalt ramps and line marking have been installed around raised sewer pits on Lytton Road. The final layer of asphalt will be installed on the road surface at the end of the project and this will bring the level of the road up in line with the position of the manhole covers.

The temporary ramps ensure vehicles are able to safely drive over them at the reduced speed limit of 40 km/h. They will remain in place until works are completed.

Construction hours

Day works

Day time construction works generally take place from Monday to Saturday, between 7am and 5pm. 

Night works

While night works have generally been undertaken Sunday to Thursday, between 7pm and 5am, a short-term program of extended weekend works (Friday night to Sunday night) have commenced on Lytton Road to help reduce the impact of weekday night works on local residents and to reduce the overall extent of night works required for the project. 

However, some weekday night works will still be required throughout the project.

Temporary construction impacts

Throughout construction, residents and businesses near the works may experience some temporary impacts. These include:

  • increased construction vehicle movements, with reversing beepers and flashing lights
  • changing traffic conditions, including temporary lane closures and footpath detours
  • construction-related noise, including the use of power tools, excavation machinery and jack-hammers, and asphalt and concrete cutting and backfilling
  • increased lighting from portable light towers.

Council is keeping the community informed of construction in the area. We will provide advance notification of noisy night works, service disruptions and major access changes, including disruptions to property access.

Safety first

For the safety of workers and road users, the speed limit will remain at 40 kilometres per hour for the duration of the project. When required, signage and traffic controls will be in place to guide road users, pedestrians and cyclists. Slow down and follow the direction of on-site traffic controllers and signage.

Project documents

Related projects

Further information on stage 1b of the project is available on the Wynnum Road corridor upgrade – Stage 1b page.

More information

If you would like to find out more about this project, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 572 132 (during business hours)
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 (after hours)
  • email the project team
  • visit the:
    Community Information Centre
    89 Lytton Road
    East Brisbane (access via Heidelberg Street)
    (open every Tuesday: 10am-12 noon, Wednesday: 2-4pm, and other times by appointment)
  • write to:
    Wynnum Road corridor upgrade – Stage 1
    City Projects Office 
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated:11 March 2020