Murphy Road and Ellison Road intersection upgrade - Geebung

Brisbane City Council is upgrading the Murphy Road and Ellison Road intersection at Geebung. The upgrade will improve traffic efficiency, reduce congestion and increase safety for all road users.

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Project summary

Address Murphy Road and Ellison Road, Geebung
Ward Marchant
Project outcomes Reduced congestion, improved safety and traffic efficiency
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Construction activities commenced in early 2019. Expected completion of works is early 2020.

About the project

The project will install a signalised intersection to replace the existing roundabout at Murphy Road and Ellison Road, Geebung. The project will include some associated widening adjacent to the intersection. These works will:

  • improve traffic
  • reduce congestion
  • increase safety for road users
  • help cater for existing and future traffic demands along this busy corridor.

Council is committing $1.3 billion on more than 90 road improvement projects to take real action on congestion in Brisbane. The focus is on a range of solutions to improve the existing road network, getting residents home quicker and safer.

The existing roundabout at Murphy Road and Ellison Road is currently operating at capacity in the morning peak and over capacity in the evening peak. There are long delays and queues on the southern and northern approaches. Congestion through the intersection will increase without intervention.

The project includes replacing the existing roundabout at Murphy Road and Ellison Road with a signalised intersection. Council will widen Murphy Road from two to four lanes from the Gympie Road intersection to north of the Butt Street intersection. Upgrades to the Kittyhawk Drive and Murphy Road intersection will cater for future traffic flows and improve the road alignment. The Butt Street and Murphy Road intersection will be signalised. This will improve safety for pedestrians and vehicles accessing Butt Street.

The upgrade also involves:

  • provision of a three lane southbound approach on Murphy Road
  • widening Ellison Road to four lanes between Danette and Gambia Streets
  • upgrading the Kittyhawk Drive and Murphy Road intersection to include:
    • additional through lanes in each direction
    • a right-turn pocket into Kittyhawk Drive
    • a u-turn facility for southbound traffic
  • signalising the Butt Street and Murphy Road intersection to include:
    • a pedestrian crossing
    • a right-turn pocket into Butt Street
    • a new mini roundabout at the intersection of Butt Street and Fernlea Street
  • providing additional off-road car parking adjacent to Marchant Park and 7th Brigade Park
  • incorporating on-road cycle lanes in both directions on Murphy Road and Ellison Road
  • converting Marathon Street and Blackwood Road to left-in, left-out access only to improve safety
  • constructing a new access road to Navarre Street
  • providing indented bus stops adjacent to the Murphy Road and Ellison Road intersection
  • landscaping and line marking.

Re-planting will offset the removal of trees in accordance with Council's offset planting guidelines.

Construction update - January 2020

Works are on track for completion in early 2020.

Over the next few months, you can expect to see the following works being carried out throughout the project site, weather and site conditions permitting.

Murphy Road north, between Ellison Road and Butt Street

  • Completing retaining wall works on the eastern side of Murphy Road
  • Completing private property reinstatement works
  • Completing construction of the new footpaths and bus stops
  • Completing pavement works and construction of the centre medians
  • Completing landscaping works
  • Completing installation and commissioning of the new traffic signals at the Butt Street intersection and the Murphy Road and Ellison Road intersection
  • Commencing construction of the new mini roundabout at the Butt Street and Fernlea Street intersection

Murphy Road south, between Gympie Road and Ellison Road

  • Completing construction of the new shared pathway, footpaths and bus stops
  • Completing pavement works and construction of the centre medians
  • Completing the construction of two new car parks - one in Marchant Park and one in 7th Brigade Park (Kidspace)
  • Completing the upgrade of the Murphy Road and Kittyhawk Drive intersection
  • Completing landscaping works
  • Commissioning the new pedestrian signals between Marchant park and 7th Brigade Park

Ellison Road east, between Murphy Road and Danette Street (including the new access road)

  • Completing pavement works and construction of the centre medians
  • Completing construction of the new footpath and kerb on the northern side of the road
  • Turning Navarre Street into a cul-de-sac
  • Completing construction of the new pocket park on the southern side of Ellison Road, near Navarre Street
  • Completing property reinstatement works

Ellison Road west, between Gambia Street and Murphy Road

  • Completing installation of stormwater drainage
  • Commencing road construction works on the northern side of the road
  • Completing construction of the new footpath, kerb and bus bays on both sides of the road
  • Completing pavement works and construction of the centre medians

Changed traffic conditions

The Murphy Road and Ellison Road roundabout has been reduced in size, and the road lanes narrowed in width in all directions leading into and out of the roundabout.

Trucks are required to use both lanes at the roundabout.

Murphy Road

Temporary changed traffic conditions continue to remain in place on Murphy Road, between Gympie Road and Geebong Park, while works are being carried out in this area.

On-street parking will continue to be restricted on both sides of Murphy Road, from the roundabout to just north of Butt Street, while these changed traffic conditions are in place.

Ellison Road

Temporary changed traffic conditions are in place on Ellison Road, both east and west of the roundabout, while works are being carried out in this area.

On-street parking will continue to be restricted on both sides of Ellison Road, from just west of Gambia Street through to the roundabout, and from the roundabout through to Danette Street while works are underway on Ellison Road.

For your safety and the safety of all other road users and workers, look out for traffic management signage and follow the directions given by traffic controllers onsite. 

Footpath closures and detours

Murphy Road

The footpath on the western side of Murphy road has been temporarily closed between the new pocket park and Butt Street while works are underway in this area. Alternative access along Murphy Road is via the eastern side of Murphy Road, crossing at the temporary refuge island safe crossing point just north of the roundabout or near Geebong Park.

Ellison Road

The footpath on the northern side of Ellison Road, from the roundabout through to Danette Street has been temporarily closed while works are underway in this area. Alternative access is via the footpath on the southern side of Ellison Road, crossing at the existing refuge island safe crossing point near the roundabout or near Piccadilly Street.

On Ellison Road west of the roundabout, the footpath on the northern side of the road, from the roundabout west through to just past Gambia Street, has been temporarily closed while works are underway in this area. Alternative pedestrian access is via the footpath on the southern side of Ellison Road, crossing at the existing refuse island crossing point near the roundabout, or at the temporary refuge island crossing near the top of the hill (west of Gambia Street). Pedestrian access to Coolah Street will be via Marathon Street.

Bus stop relocations

Due to the temporary footpath closure on the eastern side of Murphy Road, the existing inbound Murphy Road at Butt Street Geebung bus stop has been relocated north of Butt Street, near Geebong Park.

On Ellison Road, inbound (eastbound) bus stop 44a (approaching Marathon Street) has been temporarily relocated west, closer to the top of the hill, while works are being carried out in this area. This bus stop will be relocated back to its permanent position (on the approach to Marathon Street) at the completion of these works.

In addition, the temporary outbound (westbound) bus stop 44a, previously located near the top of Ellison Road, has now been relocated back to its permanent position opposite Marathon Street.

Extended weekend works

A program of extended weekend works (undertaken 24 hours a day from Friday night through to Monday morning) is being periodically implemented to help compress the construction program and reduce the overall extent of night works required for the project.

Works being carried out over these weekends generally involve significant traffic changes to facilitate the installation of new services within the road, or construction of the new road surface, which could otherwise only be carried out at night.

Further information will be provided as these works are scheduled.

Construction impacts

Throughout the project, residents and businesses in close proximity to the works may experience construction noise, increased truck movements and low levels of vibration and dust. The project team works closely with the contractor to minimise construction impacts on the local community and is happy to answer any questions you may have.

Night works are currently being undertaken between 7pm and 5am, Sunday to Thursday when traffic volumes are lowest. Where possible, noisier works (such as saw cutting of the road) will occur during the day, or prior to 11pm. However, residents may still experience increased lighting and noise after 11pm from plant and machinery operating throughout the night/morning. Night works will also be carried out on Friday and Saturday nights when extended weekend works are planned.

A 40km speed limit also remains in place throughout the project. Where required, traffic controllers are onsite to assist road users.

Please watch for warning signs and always follow the instructions of traffic controllers.

Project documents

Project benefits

Once complete, community benefits include:

  • enhanced safety for all road users by signalising the Murphy Road and Ellison Road intersection
  • improved travel time reliability
  • reduced queue lengths along Murphy Road
  • signalised pedestrian crossing along Murphy Road
  • on-street cycle lanes on both sides of Murphy and Ellison Roads
  • off-street parking to offset the loss of informal parking along the Murphy Road verge
  • indented bus bays to maintain traffic flows adjacent to the Murphy and Ellison Roads intersection
  • improved connectivity and safety for pedestrian accessibility to public and active transport options and local parklands areas.

More information

For more information about the Murphy and Ellison Roads intersection upgrade, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 870 437 during business hours
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 outside business hours
  • email the project team
  • complete the online contact form
  • write to:
    Murphy Road and Ellison Road intersection upgrade
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434 
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated:13 January 2020