Norris Road upgrades - Bracken Ridge

Brisbane City Council is planning works to upgrade Norris Road, between Telegraph Road and Bracken Ridge Road, to improve safety for all road users, reduce congestion, improve travel time reliability, and enhance active transport facilities along the corridor.

Project summary

This table includes project information for the Norris Road improvements project.
Address Norris Road, Bracken Ridge
Ward Bracken Ridge
Project outcomes Improved road safety and enhanced active transport facilities
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About the project

Brisbane City Council is planning works to upgrade Norris Road, between Telegraph Road and Bracken Ridge Road, to improve safety for all road users, reduce congestion, improve travel time reliability, and enhance active transport facilities along the corridor.

Norris Road and Barbour Road intersection upgrade

The existing roundabout caters for high traffic volumes and experiences congestion during peak hours including drop-off and pick-up times for the surrounding education precinct. High levels of congestion along the corridor currently result in delays and unreliable travel times for commuters, freight and public transport.

The project will upgrade the intersection by replacing the existing roundabout with new traffic signals and provide controlled pedestrian crossing facilities to improve safety for all road users. New footpaths and shared pathways will be installed, with connection to the existing network to improve accessibility and connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists.

Currently traffic volume on Norris Road is at 19,000 vehicles per day with 3% commercial vehicles, while Barbour Road has 7000 vehicles per day, also with 3% commercial vehicles. Without action, the intersection is predicted to have delays of more than 16 minutes and queue lengths up to 1.7 kilometres on Norris Road by 2031, resulting in impacts across the broader road network.

Norris Road shared path

A new 2.5-metre-wide shared path on the eastern verge of Norris Road between Telegraph Road and Bracken Ridge Road will be completed as part of this project. The shared path will connect with the new pathways to be delivered as part of the intersection upgrade. This will improve safety and active transport opportunities along the corridor.

Council is also investigating other potential improvements to reduce congestion, improve travel time reliability and connectivity, and encourage more active transport. More information will be provided to the community as the design progresses.

Project features

The project will involve:

  • installing traffic lights with signal-controlled pedestrian crossing facilities on all four approaches, including two phase signals on the left-turn slip lanes
  • widening Norris Road to provide two through lanes in each direction at the intersection
  • constructing right-turn pockets on all approaches
  • constructing a left-turn pocket on Barbour Road (western approach)
  • constructing slip-lanes turning left from Norris Road (southern approach and Barbour Road (eastern approach)
  • removal of some on street parking within the project area
  • constructing a shared pathway along the eastern verge of Norris Road, between Barbour Road and the Bracken Ridge Plaza.

The Norris Road upgrades are jointly funded by Council as part of the Better Roads for Brisbane program and the Australian Federal Government as part of the Urban Congestion Fund program.

Project benefits

Once complete, the project will:

  • enhance safety for all road users by signalising the Norris Road and Barbour Road intersection
  • improve pedestrian safety and connectivity to public and active transport options and local parkland areas.
  • improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists with formalised signalised crossing facilities at the Norris Road and Barbour Road intersection
  • improve travel time reliability and reduce queue lengths along Norris Road and Barbour Road for general traffic and buses

Project timing

  • Detailed design – complete
  • Tender and award principal contractor – Late 2020 to Early 2021
  • Start of construction – Early 2021
  • Practical completion – Late 2022

More information

If you would like more information about this project, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 884 681 during business hours 
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 outside of business hours
  • email the project team
  • use the online contact form to register for future project updates
  • write to:
    Norris Road upgrades
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated: 14 October 2020