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
Latest news

Start of construction

Latest update

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 has been 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 advise that construction of the Newnham Road and Wecker Road intersection upgrade, Mount Gravatt East is progressing well. Works on the eastern side of Newnham Road are almost complete. These works included utility relocation, drainage improvements and footpath upgrades.

The western side of Newnham Road will soon be widened to accommodate the intersection upgrade. These works will improve access for people walking and riding, by providing a new shared path.

Pedestrian connectivity and safety for people walking and riding will be further improved with the construction of a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across Bulimba Creek in Graham Lord Park.

To facilitate this upgrade, some trees will be removed. All vegetation removal will be kept to a minimum and will be in accordance with Council policies.

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 has been 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 involves: 

  • 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

Works began in November 2021 and will be completed mid-2022, weather and site conditions permitting. The majority of works will be carried out, Monday to Saturday between 7am and 5pm.

Some works will be completed during the night, Sunday to Thursday between 7pm and 5am, when traffic volumes are lowest to ensure the safety of motorists and workers and to minimise traffic disruptions. Council will provide advanced notification of any anticipated night works required throughout the construction period. 

What the community can expect

Residents and businesses 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. 

Project impacts

Parking impacts

As part of the project, approximately 12 on-street parking spaces will be removed at the intersection. The peak period clearway will be replaced with full-time “No parking” to improve safety at the intersection.

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.

Transportation

The two bus stops located on Newnham Road approximately 140m south of the intersection will be upgraded as part of the project.

Project timing

  • The Newnham Road and Wecker Road intersection upgrade is expected to be completed with traffic signals operational in mid-2022, weather and site conditions permitting.

  • The shared pedestrian and cycle bridge will begin construction in mid-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: 9 June 2022

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