Warrigal Road, Bellmead Street and Plum Street intersection upgrade project - Runcorn

Brisbane City Council is upgrading the Warrigal Road, Bellmead and Plum Streets intersection in Runcorn. The upgrade will improve access and safety for all road users It will also ensure the intersection can cater to future traffic demands.

Project summary

Address Warrigal Road, Bellmead and Plum Streets intersection
Ward Runcorn
Project outcomes Improved safety and reduced congestion
Latest news

Night works - June 2019.

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About the project

Brisbane City Council is upgrading the Warrigal Road, Bellmead Street and Plum Street intersection to reduce congestion and improve access to local streets for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians travelling through the intersection, as well as ensure it can cater to future traffic demands. 

The intersection currently experiences a high level of congestion on Warrigal Road, hindering access into and out of Bellmead Street and Plum Street, particularly during the morning and afternoon peak periods.

This project is part of Council’s $1.3 billion commitment to more than 90 road improvement projects to take rea action on congestion, by focusing on a range of solutions to improve the existing road network, getting residents home quicker and safer. This project is jointly funded by Council and the Australian Government as part of the Roads to Recovery (R2R) program. 

Works will include:

  • installing a signalised intersection at Warrigal Road, Bellmead and Plum Streets, including crossing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists
  • widening Warrigal Road from one to two lanes each way in the vicinity of the intersection
  • widening the northern side of Plum Street, adjacent to Warrigal Road
  • installing new two metre-wide shared pedestrian and cycle paths on either side of Warrigal Road
  • resurfacing and line marking 
  • landscaping.

As part of the works, Council has identified 12 trees for removal. This vegetation impact will be offset by the planting of 12 new trees in the project vicinity. An additional 11 trees in the local area will also be planted. Replanting is in accordance with Council’s environmental policies and relevant legislative requirements.

Project benefits

Once complete, the community benefits will include:

  • improved safety for road users by signalising the intersection
  • reduced congestion
  • controlled pedestrian crossing facilities.

Night Works

Resurfacing and line marking

The next stage of work involves road resurfacing and line marking. This work will include profiling to remove the existing road surface, repair of sub-surface materials where required, and installation of the new road surface. Works will be carried out at night between 7pm and 5am, Sunday to Thursday when traffic volumes are lowest to ensure the safety of road users and works and to minimise traffic disruptions.

Works are expected to start the week commencing Sunday 9 June 2019 and will take up to three weeks to complete, weather and site conditions permitting.

Please note that due to the nature of the works, some noisy activities will need to continue past 11pm to ensure the road can reopen to traffic at the required time.

Residents in close proximity may experience some temporary construction impacts including:

  • construction vehicle movements with reversing alarms and flashing lights. Due to workplace health and safety requirements, reversing beepers cannot be switched off
  • construction-related noise including saw cutting of asphalt and concrete, excavation works and grinding activities
  • strong odours as asphalt is laid and sets
  • temporary lighting from portable light towers
  • temporary lane closures.

Water main works

Council is upgrading the water main located at the intersection of Plum Street and Warrigal Road. These works will include excavation, removing the old water main and installing the new water main along the western side of Warrigal Road and across Plum Street. The majority of works will be completed during the day however, works to connect the new water main to the network will be done at night when demand is lowest. The noisiest parts of the works including saw cutting will be completed before 11pm, where possible.

Works are scheduled to start in mid-June 2019 and are expected to take two weeks to complete, weather and site conditions permitting.

Temporary lane closures will be required to facilitate the works and traffic control will be in place to assist all road users through the area. Local residents and businesses can expect some temporary water outages during this time. Council will provide further updates prior to the start of works.

Temporary closure of Plum Street

During construction, a temporary full closure at the eastern end of Plum Street at Warrigal Road is in place from May until late June 2019, weather and construction conditions permitting.

The temporary closure of the end of Plum Street will allow for the intersection roadway to be lowered and underground service works, including water infrastructure and utilities, to be completed faster and will reduce night works as well as the overall construction impacts on the local community.

Pedestrian access will be maintained, with signage in place to safely direct pedestrians to the eastern side of Warrigal Road around the closure. Road users should expect minor delays when travelling through the area while works are underway.

Council will maintain property access during the road closure and works, however some footpath or driveway access will be temporarily restricted at times. Council will work with residents and businesses to minimise access impacts.


Construction started in March 2019 and is expected to be completed in mid-2019, weather and construction conditions permitting.

The majority of works will be undertaken between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday. However, some out-of-hours works will be required and will be undertaken at night to minimise traffic disruptions and ensure the safety of road users and road workers. Where night works are required, they will take place from Sunday to Thursday between 7pm and 5am. Where necessary, traffic controllers will be onsite to assist all road users through the worksite.

More information 

For more information about the Warrigal Road, Bellmead and Plum Streets intersection upgrade project, you can 

  • phone the project team on 1800 669 416 during working hours
  • phone Council on 3403 8888 (outside of working hours)
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Warrigal Road, Bellmead and Plum Streets intersection upgrade project
    City Projects
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated:31 May 2019