Ipswich Road and Ponsonby Street black spot project - Annerley

Brisbane City Council is upgrading the intersection of Ipswich Road, Ponsonby Street and Junction Terrace in Annerley as part of the 2020-21 Australian Government Black Spot Program.

The Black Spot Program is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to reduce crashes on Australian roads. The program aims to improve road safety by implementing upgrade measures at each black spot location.

Project summary

This table provides summary information about the Ipswich Road and Ponsonby Street black spot project including address, ward, project outcomes and latest update.
Address Ipswich Road, Ponsonby Street and Junction Terrace, Annerley
Ward Moorooka and Tennyson
Project outcomes Improved safety
Latest update Start of construction

About the project

Construction of the Ipswich Road and Ponsonby Street black spot project started Sunday 11 October 2020 and is expected to be complete by early 2021, weather and construction conditions permitting.

The Ipswich Road, Ponsonby Street and Junction Terrace intersection is one of four black spot project sites Council is upgrading as part of the 2020-21 Australian Government Black Spot Program. 

Council aims to improve safety for all road users by installing traffic lights to control all movements through the intersection and converting the eastern end of Ponsonby Street to one-way access from Ipswich Road and Junction Terrace. 

Between July 2013 and May 2020 there have been 13 reported crashes at the intersection, 10 of which resulted in hospitalisation and three required medical treatment. The majority of crashes at this intersection resulted from turning movements into or out of Junction Terrace or Ponsonby Street. 

The intersection upgrade will involve installing new traffic lights at the intersection with controlled pedestrian crossing facilities to improve connectivity across Ipswich Road.

To accommodate the signalisation and limit congestion at the intersection, Council will convert the eastern end of Ponsonby Street to one-way access from Ipswich Road and Junction Terrace.  This access change will also improve safety on Ponsonby Street.

Project details

The intersection upgrade will include:

  • new traffic lights at the intersection with controlled pedestrian crossing facilities
  • converting the eastern end of Ponsonby Street to one-way access from Ipswich Road and Junction Terrace
  • installing a traffic island on Ponsonby Street
  • converting the existing left-hand southbound lane from left-turn lane only (buses excepted) to a left and through lane
  • extending the existing right-turn pockets on Ipswich Road into Ponsonby Street and Junction Terrace
  • removing the existing bus stop on the eastern side of Ipswich Road
  • removing 16 on-street car parks on Ipswich Road, Ponsonby Street and Junction Terrace
  • removing one street tree. Replanting will be offset in accordance with Council policies and relevant legislative requirements
  • road resurfacing, new kerb and channel and footpath connections, line marking, minor landscaping and turfing. 

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Main construction work hours

The majority of construction will take place at night, when traffic volumes are lowest. Night works will be carried out Sunday to Thursday, between 7pm and 5am.

To complete certain construction activities, some works are required to be carried out during the day from Monday to Saturday between 7am and 5pm. In addition, work may also be required to be undertaken during the day on Sundays between 7am and 5pm due to lower traffic volumes to improve the safety of both site workers and motorists.

To complete certain construction activities, some work will be required to be carried out during the day from Monday to Saturday between 7am and 5pm. For the safety of both workers and motorists, work may also be required to be undertaken during the day on Sundays between 7am and 5pm due to lower traffic volumes.

Council is committed to keeping the local community informed of construction activity in their area and will provide advance notification to affected residents and businesses of any particularly noisy or impactful out-of-hours works, or major service disruptions within the work area.

Construction impacts

Residents in close proximity to the worksite may experience some temporary impacts including:

  • construction noise, including saw cutting of asphalt and concrete, and excavation works
  • construction and heavy vehicle movements with reversing beepers and flashing lights
  • increased lighting from portable light towers
  • dust and low levels of vibration
  • changed traffic conditions and some traffic delays.

The following mitigation strategies have been put in place to minimise disruption to the local community during these works:

  • undertaking noisier activities, such as saw cutting and jack hammering, before 11pm wherever possible
  • briefing night shift crews on noise mitigation requirements at pre-start meetings
  • turning off unused plant and equipment when not in use
  • using noise mats and barriers wherever possible

Due to workplace health and safety requirements, reversing beepers cannot be switched off.

Road users may experience temporary changed traffic conditions and lane closures at certain times to allow work to be completed and should expect delays when travelling through the area. Where necessary, traffic management will be onsite to safely direct motorists, pedestrians and cyclists through the area.

We apologise for any inconvenience these works may cause and appreciate your patience while Council completes this important safety upgrade.

Environmental impact

In order to upgrade the intersection, Council has identified one street tree to be removed as part of the project. In addition, three street trees on the north eastern side of the intersection will be trimmed. All works to trim and remove the trees will be carried out in accordance with the relevant environmental guidelines and Council will make every effort to minimise environmental impacts during construction. Vegetation impacts will be offset in accordance with Council policies and relevant legislative requirements.

Ponsonby Street

The eastern end of Ponsonby Street will be permanently converted to one-way access from Ipswich Road and Junction Terrace. This change in access will also improve safety on Ponsonby Street.

Permanent bus stop closure

As part of the upgrade, bus stop 3739 on the eastern side of Ipswich Road, approximately 20 metres from the intersection with Junction Terrace will be permanently removed. During the construction phase a temporary bus stop will be installed at 406 Ipswich Road.

Parking loss

In order to upgrade the intersection, Council has identified 16 car parking spaces that will need to be removed. The car parking spaces include eight spaces located on Ipswich Road, four on Junction Terrace and four on Ponsonby Street. 

Site compound

As part of the project two site vans to store materials and equipment will be located on Ponsonby Street at the intersection with Ipswich Road. During construction, access into and out of Ponsonby Street will be maintained.  In line with the final design, the eastern end of Ponsonby Street will be converted to one-way access from Ipswich Road and Junction Terrace.  

Project timing

  • Mid 2020 – Black spot funding received
  • Mid 2020 – Detailed design complete
  • October 2020 to early 2021 – Civil construction

More information

If you would like to find out more about the Ipswich Road and Ponsonby Street black spot project you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 669 416 (during business hours)
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 (outside business hours)
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Ipswich Road and Ponsonby Street black spot project
    City Projects
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated:20 October 2020