Progress Road upgrade: Stage 4 - Wacol
Brisbane City Council has announced that construction of the Progress Road upgrade stage 4 at Wacol is now complete. The project was undertaken to improve safety, decrease the probability of a flood event, and cater for future traffic growth.
The upgrade is part of Council’s $1.3 billion commitment to more than 90 road projects to take action on congestion, focusing on a range of solutions to improve the existing road network and get residents home quicker and safer. The works were jointly funded by Brisbane City Council and the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program.
|Address||Progress Road, Wacol|
|Project outcome||Reduced traffic congestion, improved safety and flood immunity, increased road capacity.|
|Latest update||Construction of the Progress Road upgrade stage 4 at Wacol is now complete.|
About the project
Progress Road carries approximately 15,000 vehicles per day. There are up to 700 vehicles per hour in peak times. Progress Road is a primary freight access route and a B-Double route. Truck volumes along the corridor represent up to 14% of vehicle movements.
Traffic modelling predicted that by 2031, traffic volumes would have exceeded the single lane capacity between Boundary Road and the Centenary Motorway. This would have resulted in increased congestion and crash risk.
The project was the final of four stages to upgrade Progress Road, between the Ipswich Motorway and Poinsettia Street, which included:
- Stage 1 (Garden Road to Poinsettia Street) completed in 2005
- Stage 2 (Ipswich Motorway to Boundary Road, and Boundary Road to Bullockhead Creek) completed in 2011
- Stage 3 (Garden Road to Teraba Street) completed in 2010
- Stage 4 (Boundary Road to Centenary Motorway) completed in 2019.
The project includes:
- widening the existing road to five lanes (three lanes eastbound and two lanes westbound), increasing capacity to cater for future traffic growth in the area
- upgrading the signalised intersection at the Komatsu access
- installing a centre median island for road safety
- replacing culverts at Bullockhead Creek with a new bridge to decrease the probability of a flood event occurring
- installing on-road bike lanes in both directions on Progress Road
- installing a three-metre-wide shared pathway on the north side and a 1.8-metre-wide pedestrian path on the south side of Progress Road
- installing new LED street lighting
- landscaping and creek revegetation works
- installing a new 12 space car park within Progress Road Park.
As part of the project, Council removed 220 trees. These works were undertaken in accordance with the relevant environmental guidelines and tree removals were offset in accordance with Council's offset planting policy, with 295 trees planted in the project and local area as well as 14,040 shrubs and plants.
As part of the project Council removed 220 trees. A fauna spotter and catcher was on-site to relocate any fauna prior to the removal of any trees. All works were undertaken in accordance with the relevant environmental guidelines. Tree removals are offset in accordance with Council's offset planting policy.
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Construction commenced in December 2017 and was completed in March 2019.
Benefits of the project include:
- increased road safety and capacity of Progress Road to cater for future traffic growth in the area
- provisions for active transport, including:
- on-road bike lanes
- off-road shared pedestrian/cyclist path on the north side
- a pedestrian path on the south side
- improved connectivity to Ipswich, Logan and Centenary motorways
- improved flood immunity of Progress Road
- improved street lighting.
For more information about stage 4 of the Progress Road upgrade you can:
- phone the project team on 1800 010 705 during working hours
- phone Council on 07 3403 8888 outside of working hours
- email the project team
- write to:
Progress Road upgrade: Stage 4
City Projects Office
Brisbane City Council
GPO Box 1434
Brisbane Qld 4001.
Find out about other current projects funded by the Australian Government Roads to Recovery Program.