Beams Road Upgrade (Lacey Road to Handford Road) - Carseldine, Fitzgibbon, Taigum, Zillmere

Brisbane City Council is pleased to share the preliminary design for the Beams Road Upgrade (Lacey Road to Handford Road).

Council is upgrading the Beams Road corridor to improve safety for all road users and to increase the efficiency of the corridor.

Project summary

This table includes project summary information for the Beams Road upgrade.
Address Beams Road, between Lacey Road and Handford Road - Carseldine, Fitzgibbon, Taigum, Zillmere
Ward Bracken Ridge and Deagon
Project outcomes Improve safety and connectivity for all road users, and reduce congestion
Latest news

Release of the Beams Road Upgrade preliminary project plan, newsletter and community information sessions.

About the project

Beams Road is an important connection serving multiple communities across Carseldine, Fitzgibbon, Taigum and Zillmere. These areas are expected to experience significant growth and development over the coming years, putting more pressure on this busy road.

The upgrade will also improve active transport in the area and will include a combination of new walking and cycling facilities.

The Beams Road Upgrade is jointly funded by Council as part of the Better Roads for Brisbane program and the Australian Government as part of the Urban Congestion Fund. The project forms part of a joint $500 million commitment to deliver congestion-busting projects and safety improvements across Brisbane.


The Beams Road Upgrade will be delivered in three stages, and will:

  • improve safety for all road users
  • reduce traffic congestion
  • improve travel time and reliability
  • improve connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists.

Stage 1

Stage 1 of the corridor upgrade from Handford Road to Dorville Road including:

  • providing dedicated left turning lanes on the northern and southern approaches of Handford Road and on the western approach of Beams Road
  • upgrading sections of Beams Road from two lanes to four lanes to create a consistent four-lane corridor
  • installing a new underpass at Cabbage Tree Creek for pedestrians and cyclists
  • replacing the roundabout at the Dorville Road and Beams Road intersection with traffic lights
  • installing a raised centre median to separate opposing lanes of traffic
  • providing shared pathways from Handford Road to Lacey Road
  • upgrading public utilities from Handford Road to Lacey Road.

The Dorville Road roundabout will be replaced with a signalised intersection to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety and reduce crashes. This will include dedicated turning lanes, signalised pedestrian crossings and upgraded paths.

A slip lane will be installed on the southern side approach to the intersection, turning west into Beams Road. Two-aspect (orange and red) signals will be installed on the slip lane to help pedestrians and cyclists cross safely.

Stage 2

Stage 2 between Dorville Road to Cowie Road. This will involve: 

  • installing new traffic lights at the Cowie Road intersection, including signalised pedestrian crossings at Cowie Road and on the eastern approach of Beams Road, and U-turn facilities on the eastern and western approaches on Beams Road
  • installing a raised centre median to separate opposing lanes of traffic
  • converting Bangalore Street and Tullamore Street into left-in, left-out access
  • the inclusion of wide kerbside lanes for cyclists
  • providing improved connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists.

Stage 3

Stage 3 between Cowie Road to Lacey Road. This stage will involve: 

  • upgrading traffic lights at the Lacey Road intersection to improve safety and overall intersection operation
  • increasing the capacity of the right-turn lanes into Lacey Road
  • installing a raised centre median to separate opposing lanes of traffic
  • the inclusion of wide kerbside lanes for cyclists providing improved connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists.

New facilities for pedestrians and cyclists

Council is committed to improving walking and cycling facilities in the local community as part of the upgrade. A key aspect will be building a new underpass at Cabbage Tree Creek to improve safety and access for pedestrians and cyclists.

This underpass will connect directly into the Cabbage Tree Creek bikeway with new lighting and planting throughout, including extensive use of native plants.

Beams Road open level crossing

The Queensland Government is planning an open level crossing upgrade, located within Stage 1 of the Beams Road Upgrade. The open level crossing project involves replacing the level crossing on Beams Road with an overpass, as well as upgrading the intersections at Beams Road, Balcara Avenue and Plaza Place, and Beams Road, Carselgrove Avenue and Golden Place. More information can be found on the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) website. Council is committed to working with TMR during the design and delivery of this project.

Community information sessions

Council held two information sessions in October 2021 to meet with interested members of the public and discuss the Beams Road Upgrade. These sessions were held on:

  • Thursday 7 October 2021 at Carseldine Central Shopping Centre (outside Woolworths) from 6pm to 8pm
  • Saturday 9 October 2021 at Carseldine Farmers & Artisan Markets from 10am to 12pm.

Project timing

  • Early to mid-2021 – Planning and investigation works complete
  • Late 2021 – Detailed design and community engagement
  • Early 2022 – Commence early works
  • Mid-2022 to 2024 – Stage 1 construction.

Project documents

Download the project documents in your preferred format: 

Where possible, accessible documents have been provided. Additional accessible documents will be provided as soon as they become available.

More information

If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback 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:
    Beams Road Upgrade (Lacey Road to Handford Road)
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated: 3 November 2021