Chelsea Road and Rickertt Road intersection upgrade and Wakerley Bikeway project - Ransome

Brisbane City Council has started construction of the Chelsea Road and Rickertt Road intersection upgrade and Wakerley Bikeway project in Ransome.

Due to the proximity of these two projects, Council will deliver the intersection upgrade and bikeway works together. Construction impacts on the community and the project costs will be reduced by delivering these two projects simultaneously.

Together these projects will improve safety and access for all road users through the local area.

Project summary

This table includes the project summary information for the Rickertt Road and Chelsea Road intersection at Ransome.
Address Chelsea Road and Rickertt Road, Ransome
Ward Chandler
Project outcomes Improve road safety and local connectivity
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Construction started April 2021, with a traffic switch in September 2021 to realign traffic lanes onto the new sections of the road pavement on the southern side of Rickertt Road as works continue to progress. 

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About the project

Traffic signals are being installed at the intersection of Chelsea Road and Rickertt Road, providing signalised crossing facilities on both Rickertt Road and Chelsea Road for pedestrians and cyclists.

The Chelsea Road and Rickertt Road intersection upgrade is part of Council’s commitment to improving safety and 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 Wakerley Bikeway project will provide a new shared path to complete the connection from the intersection of Green Camp Road and Rickertt Road to the intersection of Chelsea Road and Rickertt Road.

This much needed connection will improve connectivity for active transport users by providing a link to the Moreton Bay Cycleway, local Bayside Parklands and other cycling networks in the area.

Funding

The Chelsea Road and Rickertt 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.

The Wakerley Bikeway is funded by Brisbane City Council as one of its Major Bikeway Projects to create more cycling and walking opportunities.

Project features

The Chelsea Road and Rickertt Road intersection upgrade involves:

  • installing traffic signals at the intersection
  • widening Rickertt Road in proximity to the intersection to two through lanes in each direction
  • constructing right-turn lanes on all four intersection approaches
  • installing signalised crossing facilities on both Rickertt Road and Chelsea Road for pedestrians and cyclists.

The Wakerley Bikeway project involves:

  • constructing a 2.5 metre-wide, shared pedestrian and cycle path from the intersection of Chelsea Road and Rickertt Road, connecting to the existing cycle path at the intersection of Green Camp Road and Rickertt Road
  • installing way-finding signage on the shared path
  • constructing a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the watercourse at Lota Creek.

Project benefits

Once complete, community benefits include:

  • improved safety for all road users of the intersection
  • improved connectivity for residents, cyclists and people travelling through the area, encouraging active transport.

Main construction works

Construction started in April 2021 and is progressing well.

The majority of construction works will take place between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday. Certain components of works are required to be undertaken at night and on the weekend, when traffic volumes are lowest to ensure the safety of motorists and workers and to minimise traffic disruptions. Council is committed to keeping the community informed of construction in their area and will provide advance notification of any out-of-hours activities.

Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to the local community during this work. Advance notification of particularly noisy works or major access changes, including driveway disruptions, will be provided to affected properties within the works area.

Construction is expected to be completed by late 2021, weather and site conditions permitting.

Construction impacts

Throughout the project, residents in close proximity may experience construction noise including saw cutting, excavation works and asphalt and profiling works. Residents may also experience noise from increased truck movements, as well as low levels of vibration and dust. Due to workplace health and safety requirements, reversing beepers cannot be switched off.

Road users may experience temporary changed traffic conditions and delays when travelling through the area. Traffic controllers will be onsite to safely direct motorists, pedestrians and cyclists as needed.

Pedestrian and cyclist access will be maintained throughout the duration of the project, with diversions and detours in place at times to facilitate the works.

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

Traffic switch

As work continues to progress, traffic lanes on Rickertt Road will be realigned onto the new section of road pavement on the southern side of the road, to allow construction of road pavement, drainage and shared path works to commence on the northern side of Rickertt Road. Changes to the traffic lane alignments will come into effect from 10am on Thursday 9 September 2021, with works ongoing on the northern side of the road until late 2021.

Works being undertaken on the northern side of Rickertt Road, will include:

  • Excavation within the existing road, required for stormwater drainage installation
  • Kerb and channel installation
  • Laying of new asphalt pavement
  • Installation of the concrete bikeway
  • Landscaping and site completion works.

Project impacts

In order to deliver these projects, approximately 150 trees were removed in the area surrounding the intersection and along the alignment of the bikeway on Rickertt Road. The tree and vegetation removal was the first activity undertaken to prepare the site for the works. All work was carried out in accordance with the relevant environmental guidelines and a fauna spotter was in attendance for all tree removal works.

Council is committed to minimising the environmental impacts and will replant approximately 450 trees in the local area to offset the necessary removals, in accordance with Council policies and relevant legislative requirements.

A construction site compound for the project is located on the wide verge of Rickertt Road, approximately 250m east of the intersection. This location reduces additional movements of construction vehicles and equipment. The compound consists of a temporary site office and storage for construction materials and equipment.

Council understands that as part of taking action to ensure Brisbane is the best city to live in, there will be some disruption. The project team will keep the community informed every step of the way to ensure you know when and how construction may affect you.

Project timing

  • Mid-April 2021 – start of construction
  • Late 2021– estimated end of construction (pending weather and site conditions) 

More information

If you want further information about this project, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 669 416 during business hours
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 outside business hours
  • use the online contact form to register for future project updates
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Chelsea Road and Rickertt Road intersection upgrade and Wakerley Bikeway project
    City Projects
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated: 7 September 2021
Topics: ransome