Hamilton Road and Bilsen Road black spot project – Wavell Heights

Brisbane City Council is upgrading the Hamilton Road and Bilsen Road intersection in Wavell Heights to improve the safety conditions for all road users, as part of the Australian Government’s 2022-23 Black Spot Program.

Summary

This table provides summary information about the Hamilton Road and Bilsen Road black spot project including address, ward, project outcomes and latest update.
Address Hamilton Road and Bilsen Road, Wavell Heights
Ward Northgate
Project outcomes Improved safety
Latest update

Start of construction

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About the project

The Australian Government’s Black Spot Program is part of the National Road Safety Strategy, which aims to improve road safety by implementing upgrade measures at each black spot location to reduce the risk of crashes.

Between 2015 and 2021 there were nine reported crashes at the Hamilton Road and Bilsen Road intersection, all of which resulted in medical treatment or hospitalisation. High traffic volumes, extended wait times and poor sightlines for vehicles travelling on Hamilton Road contributes to motorists misjudging safe gaps in the traffic when turning into Bilsen Road.

We are upgrading the turn arrows on the signal lanterns and providing dedicated right turn pockets on Hamilton Road at the intersection to improve safety. Vehicles turning right into Bilsen Road will be able to safely wait for the green arrow while through traffic will continue on Hamilton Road. These works will enhance the flow of traffic and improve safety for people walking, riding and driving through the intersection.

Project details

The project involves:

  • providing dedicated right-turn pockets on Hamilton Road approaching the intersection
  • upgrading the signal lantern turn arrows on Hamilton Road
  • adjusting the signal phasing to include turning arrows to control the right-turns movement
  • relocating two bus stops on Hamilton Road to improve the safety of through traffic
  • installing a new stormwater network to improve surface drainage
  • upgrading street lighting throughout the intersection
  • new road pavement, signage and line marking.

Project timing

  • Start of construction – mid-November 2022
  • End of construction – early 2023

Project benefits

  • Improve road safety for all road users
  • Improve traffic flow on Hamilton Road
  • Improve intersection operation.

Works Hours

Works will take place from mid-November 2022 and will be completed early 2023, weather and site conditions permitting.

The majority of works will occur at night between Sunday to Thursday, 7pm to 5am, when traffic volumes are lowest to ensure the safety of workers and road users. Some works may take place during the day between Monday and Friday, 7am to 5pm. Council will provide advanced notification of any anticipated day works required throughout the construction period.

What the community can expect

Businesses and residents in close proximity to the intersection may experience:

  • increased noise from general construction activity
  • increased truck movements
  • low levels of vibration and dust
  • temporary traffic changes including lane closures and reduced speed limits
  • temporary detours for pedestrians and cyclists.

Environmental impacts

Council has identified two trees to be removed to facilitate the relocation of the two bus stops on Hamilton Road. Replanting will occur within the local area. Council will undertake all vegetation work in accordance with relevant environmental guidelines and policies. 

Bus stop relocation

As part of the project, the Hamilton Road at Wavell Heights North stops will be relocated to improve safety and traffic flow at the intersection. The eastbound stop will be relocated 110m east and the westbound stop will be relocated 85m west.

School service bus stop

Due to the relocation of the eastbound Hamilton Road at Wavell Heights North stop, a school service bus stop is required to maintain these services in the area.

This stop will be located outside 87 Bilsen Road, Wavell Heights, and will be operational during the school term from 3pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Parking in this area will be permitted at all other times.

Site compound

Our contractor will establish a temporary site office and laydown area for materials and equipment on the western side of Bilsen Road, 60m north of Main Avenue, in the grassed area next to Downfall Creek. The compound will be set up mid-November 2022 and will be used for the duration of the works.

Local residents may experience an increase in construction vehicle movements and temporary lighting within the park during night works. Work vehicles will access the compound via Bilsen Road.  

This area will be remediated once these important works on the intersection are complete.

More information

If you would like to find out more about the Hamilton Road and Bilsen Road black spot project you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 884 681 (during business hours)
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 (outside business hours)
  • email the project team
  • use the online contact form to register for future project updates
  • write to:
    Hamilton Road and Bilsen Road black spot project
    City Projects
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated: 31 October 2022

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