Sir Fred Schonell Drive and Coldridge Street black spot project - St Lucia
Brisbane City Council is upgrading the Sir Fred Schonell Drive and Coldridge Street intersection as part of the Australian Government’s 2020-21 Black Spot project.
|Address||Sir Fred Schonell Drive and Coldridge Street, St Lucia|
|Project outcomes||Improved safety for all road users|
Start of construction
About the project
The Sir Fred Schonell Drive and Coldridge Street intersection is one of four locations delivered by Council under the Australian Government’s 2020-2021 Black Spot Program. The Black Spot Program is part of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 which is framed by the guiding vision that no person should be killed or seriously injured on Australia’s roads. The program aims to improve road safety by implementing upgrade measures at each black spot location to reduce the risk of crashes.
Between June 2014 and May 2020 there have been 15 reported crashes at the intersection, resulting in eight hospitalisations, five requiring medical treatment and two minor injuries. The majority of accidents occurred as a result of motorists failing to give way when turning right via the filtered turn from Sir Fred Schonell Drive into Coldridge Street.
The project will improve safety at the intersection for all road users by upgrading the existing right-turn from Sir Fred Schonell Drive into Coldridge Street from a filtered right-turn to a controlled right-turn with a dedicated right turning lane.
The project involves:
- upgrading the existing right-turn from Sir Fred Schonell Drive into Coldridge Street from a filtered right turn to a controlled right turn with dedicated right-turn lane and green arrow
- installing a dedicated left-turn lane from Sir Fred Schonell Drive into Coldridge Street
- reconfiguring the westbound through lane on Sir Fred Schonell Drive from two lanes to one in order to accommodate the left and right-turn lanes
- reconfiguring the northbound turning lanes on Coldridge Street from two right-turn lanes, to one lane, improving bus movements
- installing two new median islands on Sir Fred Schonell Drive
- removing three informal, off-peak on-street carparks on the western side of Sir Fred Schonell Drive between Coldridge and Warren Street
- upgrading stormwater drainage
- installing new kerb and channel and footpath connections, line marking, landscaping and turf.
Construction is from late November 2021 and will be completed in early 2022, weather and site conditions permitting.
The majority of construction works in 2021 will take place at night between 7pm and 5am, Sunday to Thursday when traffic volumes are lowest, to ensure the safety of motorists and workers and to minimise traffic disruptions and impact to the local community.
Works will temporarily stop for the Christmas shutdown period from 24 December 2021 and will recommence on 10 January 2022. Majority of works in 2022 will take place during the day from Monday to Friday between 7am and 5pm.
Some night works may still be required and will take place between Sunday to Thursday between 7pm and 5am, when traffic volumes are lowest, to ensure the safety of worker and road users, and to minimise traffic impacts. Council will provide advance notice of any out-of-hours activities.
What the community can expect
During construction, residents and businesses near the intersection may at times experience increased noise, truck movements, vibration, dust and light.
Council is committed to keeping the local community informed of construction activity in their area and will provide advanced notification to affected residents and businesses of any particularly noisy or impactful out-of-hours works, or major service disruptions within the work area.
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.
All works will be carried out in accordance with the relevant environmental guidelines and Council will make every effort to minimise environmental impacts during construction. There are no planned tree removals required for this project.
As part of the project, a site compound to store equipment and materials will be located in the northern corner of William Dart Park, next to Munro Street and Coldridge Street. This location has been chosen as it will have the least amount of impact on local residents, park users, pedestrians and cyclists.
If you would like to find out more about the Sir Fred Schonell Drive and Coldridge Street black spot project you can:
- phone the project team on 1800 884 681 (during business hours)
- phone Council on 07 3403 8888 (outside business hours)
- email the project team
- write to:
Sir Fred Schonell Drive and Coldridge Street black spot project
Brisbane City Council
GPO Box 1434
Brisbane Qld 4001.