Player Street connection - Upper Mount Gravatt

Brisbane City Council is undertaking the Player Street connection in Upper Mount Gravatt. Construction stated in June 2019 and is anticipated to be completed in early 2020, weather and site conditions permitting.

The Player Street connection is part of Council’s $1.3 billion commitment for more than 90 road improvement projects, to take real action on congestion, by focusing on a range of solutions to improve the existing road network, getting residents home quicker and safer.

Player Street connection fly-through

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

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Project summary

This table includes project summary information for the Player Street connection at Upper Mount Gravatt including address, ward, project outcomes and latest news.
Address Kessels Road at Player Street and MacGregor Street, between the Logan Motorway and Pacific Motorway, Upper Mount Gravatt.
Ward Macgregor
Project outcome Improve traffic flow, efficiency and safety, and reduce congestion
Project plan

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Latest update Construction from June 2019 to early 2020

About the project

The project will see a new road link built by extending Player Street to the existing intersection of Kessels Road and MacGregor Street, as indicated in the 2012 Mount Gravatt Corridor Neighbourhood Plan.

Traffic signals at the intersection of Kessels Road and Cremin Street currently provide access to the residential precinct to the north. These signals are currently located close to the Logan Road intersection, creating congestion and safety concerns for all road users.

The project will remove the Cremin Street signals, improving traffic efficiency on Kessels Road by increasing queuing spaces for the Kessels Road intersections with MacGregor Street and Logan Road. This will:

  • improve access to and egress from the local residential area
  • improve safety and travel time reliability along this length of Kessels Road.

The project involves:

  • constructing a new road link from the existing Kessels Road and MacGregor Street intersection through to Player Street
  • removing existing traffic signals at the Kessels Road and Cremin Street intersection, and providing left-in access only, into Cremin Street
  • installing a traffic median along Kessels Road, between MacGregor Street and Logan Road to remove right-turn movements to and from Cremin Street
  • lengthening the right-turn lane from Kessels Road eastbound into Logan Road
  • providing a dedicated right-turn lane from Kessels Road westbound, into the new Player Street connection
  • constructing a new roundabout at the Player Street and Pickworth Street intersection
  • constructing new pedestrian footpaths and landscaping along the Player Street connection
  • removal of three street trees and a number of trees within the project area
  • planting four trees within the vicinity of the project area for every tree that is removed.

Timing

The Player Street connection project will be constructed in three stages to minimise disruptions to the community and ensure efficiencies in the construction program.

Stage 1 - Early works - June 2019

Telstra, Energex, gas and service works, including public utility disconnections started on Monday 10 June 2019 and will continue intermittently for approximately eight weeks, weather and site conditions permitting. Construction activities will include excavation, relocating services and backfilling. The majority of works will occur between 7am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday with some works required to be completed at night when traffic volumes are lowest. Where night works are required, this will be completed between Sunday to Thursday, 7pm to 5am.  Council will provide advance notice to the community prior to any night works commencing.

Stage 2 - Property demolition - mid-June to August 2019

Following early works, Council will demolish four houses located on Kessels Road and Pickworth Street, acquired as part of the upgrade. This stage is expected to take approximately three weeks to complete, weather and site conditions permitting, and will occur during the day between 7am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

Council will appoint a specialist demolition contractor who will manage the building removals to ensure workplace health and safety requirements are met and there is no risk to the community. These buildings may contain asbestos, which will be removed in accordance with the Queensland Government’s Work Health and Safety Act 2011. Appropriate dust and noise mitigation will be in place to ensure minimal impacts to surrounding properties as far as practicable. 

During the demolition, residents and businesses near the work site may experience increased noise, truck movements, vibration and dust. Local access will not be affected by the works, however short delays may be experienced. Safe pedestrian access around the worksite will be maintained at all times.  

This stage will also involve some tree clearing, which will be undertaken in accordance with Council’s environmental offset policies and relevant legislative requirements. Council will make every effort to minimise environmental impacts during construction.

Stage 3 - Main construction - August 2019 to early 2020

Main construction work for the upgrade is expected to start in mid-2019 and be completed by early 2020. Construction activities will include:

  • temporary traffic changes, detours and lane closures
  • site compound establishment (location to be confirmed)
  • tree removal
  • night works, where required.

The majority of works will occur during the day between 7am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. Any works on Kessels Road will be completed at night between 7pm and 5am, Sunday to Thursday, when traffic volumes are lowest. The noisiest works, including excavating, stump grinding and saw cutting, will be completed prior to 11pm where possible, to minimise disruptions to local residents and businesses. Council will provide advance notice when out-of-hours works are planned, including particularly noisy works, major access changes and disruptions to property access or services.

During construction, residents and businesses near the site area may experience intermittent construction noise, dust, vibration and construction vehicle movements with reversing beepers and flashing lights. Due to workplace health and safety requirements, reversing beepers cannot be switched off.

The speed limit through the construction site will be reduced to 40km/h for the duration of the works. Traffic signage and onsite traffic controllers will direct road users and pedestrians through construction areas to ensure community safety.

Project benefits

  • Improve traffic flow on Kessels Road by removing a signalised intersection.
  • Improve traffic efficiency and safety, by increasing queuing spaces for the Kessels Road intersections with MacGregor Street and Logan Road.
  • Improve access to and egress from the residential catchment north of Kessels Road.
  • Provide safe right-turn access between the arterial and local road network.
  • Provide more direct and safe pedestrian access to bus stops and community facilities.
  • Provide upgraded shared pedestrian and cyclist facilities.

Community information session

Two on-site community information sessions were held at the Westfield Garden City shopping centre in May 2019. This allowed community members to speak in-person with the project team and view the detailed design for the project.

Other project documents

You can download the following documents:

More information

If you would like to provide comments or find out more about the Player Street Connection, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 010 705 during business hours
  • phone Council's 24-hour Contact Centre on 07 3403 8888 after hours 
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Player Street Connection
    City Projects
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated:2 July 2019