Newnham Road and Wecker Road intersection upgrade - Mount Gravatt East

Brisbane City Council is upgrading the intersection of Newnham Road and Wecker Road in Mount Gravatt East.

This project will improve overall intersection operation and safety for all road users, as well as ensure it can cater for future traffic demands.

Project summary

This table includes project information for the Newnham Road and Wecker Road intersection upgrade at Mount Gravatt East.
Address Newnham Road and Wecker Road, Mount Gravatt East
Ward  Chandler
Project outcomes Improve road safety
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    About the project

    The Newnham Road and Wecker Road intersection accommodates approximately 35,000 vehicles, 474 buses, 55 cyclists and 186 pedestrians every day, making it an important junction in Brisbane’s major road network in the city’s southern suburbs. 

    The intersection was identified as a location requiring traffic and safety improvements with a total of 18 crashes reported at the intersection between 2014 and 2019. Thirteen of these crashes were related to motorists being unable to make a safe right turn from Newnham Road into Wecker Road due to high volumes of traffic on Newnham Road.

    The Newnham Road and Wecker Road intersection upgrade is jointly funded by Brisbane City 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.

    Latest update

    We are pleased to announce that we have finished the on-road construction works on the Newnham Road and Wecker Road intersection and the intersection is fully operational for all road users. Works are progressing on the construction of the shared path pedestrian bridge in the north-eastern corner of Graham Lord Park, with other minor defects works being closed out.

    The intersection works included:

    • constructing a new right turn lane on Newnham Road (northbound) with a dedicated right-turn arrow to fully control the right turn from Newnham Road into Wecker Road
    • installing an additional right turn lane from Wecker Road into Newnham Road
    • installing a signalised pedestrian crossing on the left-turn slip lane on Newnham Road (southbound).

    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.

    The project was designed to: 

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

      Project details

      The project involved: 

      • constructing a new right turn lane on Newnham Road (northbound) with a dedicated right turn arrow to fully control the right turn from Newnham Road into Wecker Road
      • installing an additional right turn lane from Wecker Road into Newnham Road
      • installing a signalised pedestrian crossing on the left turn slip lane on Newnham Road (southbound)
      • improving footpaths, shared paths and pedestrian crossing facilities at the traffic lights
      • constructing a pedestrian and cycle bridge across Bulimba Creek in Graham Lord Park.

        Construction

        Newnham Road and Wecker Road intersection

        The on-road works on the intersection began in November 2021 and were completed in  July 2022.

        Pedestrian and cyclist bridge

        Construction works on the pedestrian and cyclist bridge in Graham Lord Park will be underway from August 2022, with expected completion in early 2023, weather and site conditions permitting. Most of these works will be carried out Monday to Friday between 7am and 5pm. However, to ensure the safety of road users, workers and pedestrians, some of these works may be required to take place at night when traffic volumes are lower. Where possible, noisy night works will take place before 11pm.
         

        What the community can expect

        Works will occur away from the road in Graham Lord Park. There may be minor traffic disruptions and lane closures to enable the safe installation of the bridge. Some footpath closures will also be implemented to maintain pedestrian safety.

        Residents and businesses in close proximity to the intersection may experience:

        • increased noise from general construction activity
        • temporary traffic changes including lane closures and reduced speed limits
        • temporary detours for pedestrians and cyclists. 

          Project impacts

          Works will occur away from the road in Graham Lord Park. There will be minimal impacts to road users with slight traffic disruptions and lane closures to enable the safe installation of the bridge. Some footpath closures will also be implemented to maintain pedestrian safety.

          Environmental impacts

          To enable the construction of this project, some trees will be removed along Newnham Road. All tree and vegetation removal will be carried out in accordance with Council’s environmental policies.

          Project timing

          • The Newnham Road and Wecker Road intersection upgrade was completed with traffic signals operational in July 2022.
          • The shared pedestrian and cycle bridge will begin construction in August 2022 and is expected to be completed early 2023, weather and site conditions permitting.

          Project documents

            More information

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

            • phone the project team on 1800 669 416 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:
              Newnham Road and Wecker Road intersection upgrade
              City Projects Office
              Brisbane City Council
              GPO Box 1434
              Brisbane Qld 4001.
            Last updated: 5 September 2022

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