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
Latest news

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 - April 2019

The focus since construction started earlier this year has been on installing new and upgraded public utility services on Murphy Road and Ellison Road. Construction of the new access road from Larissa Street to Navarre Street has also commenced, and a section of the new shared pathway on Ellison Road, to the west of the roundabout, has already been completed.

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

  • Continuing installation of the public utility services
  • Commencing retaining wall works on the eastern side of Murphy Road
  • Installing new street lighting
  • Commencing property reinstatement works
  • Constructing the new footpath and bus stops
  • Commencing pavement works on the western side of Murphy Road

Murphy Road south, between Gympie Road and Ellison Road

  • Continuing installation of the public utility services
  • Installing new street lighting
  • Constructing the new shared pathway, footpaths and bus stops
  • Commencing pavement works, including the new car parks in Marchant Park and 7th Brigade Park (Kidspace)
  • Preparing to upgrade the Murphy Road and Kittyhawk Drive intersection
  • Installing stormwater drainage lines

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

  • Continuing installation of the public utility services
  • Installing new street lighting
  • Constructing the new footpath and kerb
  • Commencing pavement works on the new road between Larissa Street and Navarre Street
  • Closing Navarre Street at Ellison Road and commencing works to turn Navarre Street into a cul-de-sac
  • Commencing property reinstatement works

Ellison Road west, between Gambia Street and Murphy Road

  • Commencing installation of the public utility services
  • Constructing the new water detention basin in Marchant Park
  • Installing new street lighting
  • Constructing the new footpath and kerb
  • Constructing the new bus bay
  • Commencing pavement works on the westbound side of Ellison Road
  • Installing stormwater drainage lines

Changed traffic conditions

From Tuesday 23 April 2019, for approximately three months, the following temporary changed traffic conditions will be in place on Murphy Road, between the roundabout and Geebong Park, enabling utility services, retaining wall and property reinstatement works to be undertaken on the eastern side of Murphy Road.

Changed traffic conditions and on-street parking

The road shoulders on both sides of Murphy Road will be closed from the roundabout to just north of Butt Street, and road users travelling along this section of the road will be moved closer to the western side of Murphy Road.

Driveway access to private properties located on the western side of Murphy Road will be maintained, however on-street parking will 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.

The Murphy Road and Ellison Road roundabout will also be reduced in size, and the road lanes will be slightly narrowed in width in all directions leading into and out of the roundabout. Trucks will be required to use both lanes at the roundabout.

Footpath closures

The footpath on the eastern side of Murphy Road will be closed between Blackwood Road and Butt Street. Alternative access will be along the western side of Murphy Road, crossing via the refuge island safe crossing point north of Butt Street (near 271 Murphy Road) or a new refuge island safe crossing point being put in place across Murphy Road, just south of Blackwood Road.

The footpath on the western side of Murphy Road will be closed from the roundabout north, for approximately 90 metres, stopping just prior to the adjacent Blackwood Road intersection, while the new indented bus bay is constructed. Alternative access will be via crossings at the roundabout and a new refuge island safe crossing point being put in place across Murphy Road, just south of Blackwood Road.

Onsite signage will also be in place to assist with directing footpath users through the area.

Bus stop relocation

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

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.

The majority of construction works are being undertaken during the day, between 7am and 5pm Monday to Saturday. However, certain critical components of the works are being undertaken at night, between 7pm and 5am Sunday to Thursday, when traffic volumes are lowest. This is to ensure the safety of road users and workers during these works, and to minimise traffic disruptions from the temporary lane closures required for the works.

A 40km speed limit is now in place through the project. Where required, traffic controllers are also 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:

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

 

Last updated:8 May 2019