Melton Road and Hows Road intersection upgrade - Nundah

Brisbane City Council is upgrading the intersection of Melton Road and Hows Road in Nundah. This project will improve overall intersection operation and safety for all road users, as well as ensure it can cater for future traffic demands.

This table includes project information for the Melton Road and Hows Road intersection upgrade at Nundah
Address Melton Road and Hows Road intersection upgrade, Nundah
Ward Northgate
Project outcomes Improve road safety and reduce congestion
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About the project

Council is currently in the detailed design phase for the Melton Road and Hows Road intersection upgrade in Nundah.

The intersection caters to a high volume of vehicles and is an important junction in Council’s district road network for Brisbane’s northern suburbs, which provides access to Toombul Shopping Centre, Aviation State High School, Oxenham Park, Nundah Community Health Centre, and Toombul train station.

The intersection carries more than 15,000 vehicles, 35 cyclists and approximately 130 pedestrians daily. Currently, traffic on Hows Road has right of way with stop signs controlling movements on Melton Road. Melton Road is staggered and misaligned with Hows Road at the intersection, creating safety issues for all road users.

Traffic volumes are putting significant demand on the intersection during peak hours in the morning and afternoon and are forecast to exceed capacity by 2031 if the intersection is not upgraded.

The Melton Road and Hows Road intersection upgrade is jointly funded by Council and the Australian Government as part of the Roads to Recovery program.

Project benefits

Council is committed to improving safety, reducing congestion and improving access across the city. This is through a network-wide focus on traffic improvements to meet current and future traffic volumes throughout Brisbane’s road network.

Once completed, the Melton Road and Hows Road intersection upgrade will:

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

Project details

Upgrading the intersection will involve installing a new roundabout with splitter islands and pedestrian refuges. The roundabout will improve the flow of traffic by creating a low-speed environment through the intersection and will improve visibility and awareness of vehicle priority. By providing splitter islands with pedestrian refuges on all approaches to the roundabout, pedestrians and cyclists will have enhanced connectivity and safety.

The project will involve: 

  • installing a new roundabout at the intersection of Melton Road and Hows Road with splitter islands and pedestrian refuges on all approaches to the roundabout
  • incorporating pedestrian awareness signs on each approach to the intersection to alert drivers to pedestrians
  • constructing a new 2.5-metre-wide shared path on Melton Road and 1.5-metre-wide footpath on Hows Road, to connect to existing footpaths in the  area around the intersection
  • installing on and off bike ramps on Melton Road to enable cyclists to use the shared path through the intersection
  • installing new stormwater drainage, street lighting and line marking at the intersection
  • replanting eight trees in the area surrounding the intersection
  • enhanced streetscaping and landscaping at the intersection.

Project impacts

To facilitate the project, three trees in the area surrounding the intersection will need to be removed. Council is committed to minimising the impact on the environment and will replant approximately eight trees in the local area. This will be in accordance with Brisbane City Council’s policies and relevant legislative requirements. The project team will confirm landscaping details as the project progresses.

Project timing & next steps

  • Early 2021 – detailed design and service relocation works
  • Mid-2021– start of construction
  • Early 2022 – end of construction

Council's project team is committed to keeping the community informed and will continue to communicate with residents in advance of construction works commencing.

More information

If you would like more information about this project, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 884 681 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:
    Melton Road and Hows Road intersection upgrade
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated: 26 February 2021