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

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
  • installing new gully pits and manholes                                                                                                   
  • sealing abandoned pipes and filling with concrete.


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

Works near the Commercial Road and Florence Street intersection and within Florence Street are expected from early August for approximately four weeks, weather and construction conditions permitting.

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 work to minimise the occurrence of night works wherever possible.

Impacts during construction

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.

The drainage upgrade works will be required approximately 30 metres into Florence Street from Commercial Road. These works will connect the supporting drainage system to the larger drainage structure on Commercial Road.

In order to complete these works, some parking restrictions will be required in Florence Street. the project team will work to restore car parking in this area as soon as practical after the works are complete.

Access to and from Florence Street to Commercial Road will be closed in order to safely undertake drainage upgrade works across the Commercial Road and Florence Street intersection and within Florence Street.

Once a section of the work has been completed, the area will be reinstated and on-street parking will be returned as soon as practical. 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 informed of construction activities in their area and will provide advance notification of activities likely to cause disruption during the construction period. 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

When works on Commercial Road approach Florence Street, access to and from Florence Street to Commercial Road will be closed. This closure is required in order to safely undertake drainage upgrade works across the Commercial Road and Florence Street intersection and within Florence Street.

Motorists can use Macquarie Street, Dath Street or Ethel Street to access Florence Street during the detour period. Pedestrian access from Commercial Road to Florence Street will be maintained.

Once the construction has progressed a safe distance from the intersection, the detour will no longer be in place. A temporary lane closure is required on Commercial Road 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 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 Commercial Road to an area within Florence 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
  • emaill the project team
  • write to:
    Commercial Road drainage upgrade project
    City Projects
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated:2 August 2019