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 Artist impression of the Dorville Road intersection

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

The Beams Road Upgrade will deliver important safety improvements for all road users, reduce traffic congestion and improve travel time and reliability. The project will also make it easier for people walking and riding to access local shops and nearby amenities.

About the project

Beams Road is an important link connecting communities and providing a commuter corridor to major arterial roads such as Gympie Road. Beams Road carries approximately 19,000 vehicles each day and is set to get busier with significant growth forecast in the Carseldine, Fitzgibbon, Taigum and Zillmere areas.

The Beams Road Upgrade (Lacey Road and Handford Road), will help ease congestion now and plan for future growth.

The Beams Road Upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian Government for $50 million under the Urban Congestion Fund, and by Brisbane City Council under the Better Roads for Brisbane Program.

    Project objectives

    The Beams Road Upgrade will:

    Improve safety for all road users

    Improve safety for all road users. 

    Reduce traffic congestion.

    Reduce traffic congestion. 

    Improve Travel time and reliability. 

    Improve connectivity for people walking and riding. 

    Project timing

    • Late 2021: preliminary design released
    • Early May 2022: service upgrade works commenced
    • May 2022: release detailed design
    • Early 2023 to 2024: main construction works (Stage 1).

    More information about planned future stages will be provided to the community as the project progresses.

    Project features

    The Beams Road Upgrade project design includes key features to deliver safety improvements and to reduce congestion throughout the corridor. These include:

    • upgrading sections of Beams Road from two lanes to four lanes to create a consistent four-lane corridor
    • upgrading the Dorville Road intersection with traffic lights, including pedestrian crossings
    • widening the culverts and constructing a new shared path underpass at Cabbage Tree Creek
    • upgrading the traffic lights at the intersection with Handford Road to improve safety to provide dedicated left-turn lanes
    • installing new pedestrian-activated signalised crossings throughout the corridor to improve connectivity and safety for people walking and riding
    • installing new traffic lights at the intersection with Cowie Road to improve safety for all road users and connectivity for people walking and riding through the corridor
    • installing two new U-turn facilities at the Cowie Road intersection
    • upgrading and installing new shared paths throughout the corridor to improve connectivity and safety for people walking and riding
    • including wide kerbside lanes throughout the corridor for active transport users.

     

     Artist impression of the new Cabbage Tree Creek shared path underpass

    Project fly-through video

    You can also watch this video on Council's YouTube Channel.  

    Video supporting information

    The fly-through video shows an aerial view of the Carseldine, Fitzgibbon, Taigum and Zillmere area with animations highlighting these suburbs. A red pinpoint is pointing towards Beams Road with white labels highlighting Gympie Road, Lacey Road, Cowie Road, Dorville Road and Handford Road. The fly-through then shows an animation of labels appearing above key landmarks, highlighting Carseldine Central, Carseldine Market, Carseldine Village, Carseldine Station, Holy Spirit College, Cabbage Tree Creek and St Flannan’s School.

    The video highlights Stage 1 of the Beams Road Upgrade in yellow which runs from the Hanford Road and Beams Road intersection to the Dorville Road and Beams Road intersection and includes the shared path on the northern side of Beams Road from Dorville Road running west to Lacey Road.

    A grey label appears on Beams Road, from Golden Place and Carselgrove Avenue to the intersection of Plaza Place and Balcara Avenue, highlighting the Queensland Government Rail Level Crossing Project.

    Next, the video highlights Stage 2 of the Beams Road Upgrade in yellow which includes the Cowie Road intersection. Finally, Stage 3 of the Beams Road Upgrade is highlighted in yellow which includes the Lacey Road intersection.

    The fly-through then pans right to the Handford Road and Beams Road intersection and an animated yellow dashed circle moves in a circular motion above the Handford Road and Beams Road intersection. A yellow label is positioned in the top-left hand corner to indicate ‘Stage 1’ of the Beams Road Upgrade.

    The fly-through transitions from an aerial perspective to an east facing perspective above the Handford Road and Beams Road intersection. The fly-through moves from Handford Road west along Beams Road and transitions to a north-west facing perspective above the Cabbage Tree Creek shared path underpass. A yellow animated line travels along the Cabbage Tree Creek shared path and through the underpass before connecting back on to Beams Road in front of the Holy Spirit College.

    The fly-through continues west along Beams Road towards Golden Place and Carselgrove Avenue. An animation of a grey rectangle indicating the Queensland Government Rail Level-Crossing Project starts from Golden Place and Carselgrove Avenue and finishes at the intersection of Plaza Place and Balcara Avenue.

    The video then continues travelling west on Beams Road towards the Dorville Road and Beams Road intersection and the Cowie Road and Beams Road intersection. The yellow label positioned in the top-left hand corner changes to indicate ‘Stage 2’ of the Beams Road Upgrade.

    The fly-through continues travelling west on Beams Road towards the Lacey Road and Beams Road intersection. The yellow label positioned in the top-left hand corner changes to indicate ‘Stage 3’ of the Beams Road Upgrade.

    The video transitions from the west facing perspective above the Lacey Road and Beams Road intersection to an aerial view panning towards the east perspective. The video finishes by re-highlighting the three different Beams Road Upgrade stages in yellow.

    Next steps

    Main construction works are expected to start early 2023. We will provide the community with more information closer to the start of these works. More information about planned future stages will be provided to the community as the project progresses.

    Works are anticipated to be completed in the following staged approach:

    • Stage 1 will upgrade the corridor between Handford Road and Dorville Road and will include new shared user paths extending from Handford Road to Lacey Road.
    • Stage 2 will upgrade the corridor between Dorville Road and Cowie Road.
    • Stage 3 will upgrade the corridor between Cowie Road and Lacey Road.

    April project update

     

    Upgrade works

    Some upgrade works commenced near Cabbage Tree Creek in early May 2022. These works include upgrades to the public utility services along Beams Road near the crossing at Cabbage Tree Creek. Additionally, a signalised pedestrian crossing will be constructed at the intersection of Beams Road and Golden Place to improve safety at this location for people walking and riding.

    The services upgrades will include relocating overhead power lines to the northern side of Beams Road at Cabbage Tree Creek.

    Vegetation removal

    To facilitate these upgrades, some vegetation will need to be removed between the Cabbage Tree Creek crossing and Handford Road. At the completion of the Beams Road Upgrade project, more than 500 trees and shrubs with additional groundcover will have been planted within the project area.

    Work hours

    Works for these upgrades will be carried out between Monday and Saturday from 7am to 5pm. To ensure the safety of road users, road workers and to minimise traffic disruptions, some of these works are required to take place at night when traffic volumes are lower. Night works, when required, will take place Sunday to Thursday 7pm to 5am.

    Council will provide advanced notification of any anticipated out of hours works.

    Impacts from these works

    During the works, residents and businesses near the work area may, at times, experience:

    • increased noise
    • truck movements
    • vibration and dust
    • light from mobile light towers (during night works).

    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.

    Artist impressions for the project

    More information

    If you have any questions about this project, you can:

    • phone the project team on 1800 870 437 during business hours
    • phone Council’s 24-hour Contact Centre 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: 14 November 2022

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