Norris Road upgrades - Bracken Ridge
Brisbane City Council is upgrading 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.
|Address||Norris Road, Bracken Ridge|
|Project outcomes||Improved road safety and enhanced active transport facilities|
Construction – from mid-March to late 2021
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About the project
Brisbane City Council is upgrading Norris Road, between Telegraph Road and Bracken Ridge Road, to improve the overall operation and enhance active transport facilities, making this part of our road network safer, more connected and more efficient.
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.
Current traffic volumes on Norris Road exceed 19,000 vehicles per day with commercial vehicles accounting for 3% of this traffic. Barbour Road has more than 7000 vehicles per day. 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 along the eastern verge of Norris Road, between Barbour Road and the Bracken Ridge Plaza 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.
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.
To facilitate the upgrade 16 trees have been identified for removal. All tree removal work will be carried out in accordance with the relevant environmental guidelines and Council will make every effort to minimise environmental impacts. Vegetation impacts will be offset with replanting in the local area in accordance with Council policies and relevant legislative requirements.
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.
Construction on the Norris Road upgrades started in March 2021 and is expected to be completed by late 2021, weather and site conditions permitting.
The majority of construction works will be undertaken during the day and will take place between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday. Certain critical components of the works will need to be undertaken at night and will generally take place between 7pm and 5am, Sunday to Thursday, when traffic volumes are lowest to ensure the safety of motorists and workers and to minimise traffic disruptions. Council will provide advance notice of any out-of-hours works to nearby residents.
During the works, residents and businesses near the intersection may at times experience increased noise, truck movements, vibration, dust and light from mobile light towers (during night works). Council will make every effort to minimise impacts to the local community and provide advance notification of particularly noisy works or out-of-hours activities.
Temporary lane closures and detours will be required, with traffic control in place to direct road users. Safe pedestrian access around the worksite will be maintained at all times. Access to bus stops on Norris Road will be maintained during the works. Norris Road and Barbour Road will remain open to traffic during the works however, motorists may experience some delays.
Temporary access change - Nicole Street
As part of the project, stormwater drainage is being upgraded in the area surrounding the intersection, including the northern side of Barbour Road, between Norris Road and Nicole Street.
Works are scheduled to take place from Monday 12 April 2021 and are expected to take approximately four weeks to complete.
During the works, a section of Nicole Street at Barbour Road will be closed for all traffic for approximately two weeks with a detour will be in place for motorists and pedestrians. Traffic control and signage will be on site to assist road users through the area.
Council is currently undertaking early works to relocate a number of utility services located in the area surrounding the Norris Road and Barbour Road intersection. Works will be undertaken by the service provider as part of the project and involve Telstra, Energex, TPG and NBN.
Early works began in late January 2021 and are anticipated to take approximately four months to complete, weather and site conditions permitting.
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.
- Detailed design – complete
- Tender and award principal contractor – complete
- Construction – mid-March to late 2021.
Brisbane City Council is also upgrading Hoyland Street, between Kluver Street and Bracken Ridge Road, to improve safety and reduce congestion for all road users. This project involves widening Hoyland Street, increasing the existing two-lane section to four lanes that will complete the four lane Bracken Ridge Road, Hoyland Street, and Strathpine Road corridor. Construction started in mid-January 2021 and is expected to be complete in early 2022.
If you would like more information about this project, you can:
- phone the project team on 1800 870 437 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.