Progress Road upgrade: stage 4 - Wacol | Brisbane City Council

Progress Road upgrade: stage 4 - Wacol

Brisbane City Council is pleased to announce that construction is underway on the final stage of the Progress Road upgrade at Wacol, between Boundary Road and Centenary Motorway. 


Address Progress Road, Wacol
Ward Jamboree/Forest Lake
Project outcome Reduced traffic congestion, improved safety and flood immunity, increased road capacity
Latest update Works are underway with traffic switched to two new eastbound lanes over the new twin bridge while three new westbound lanes and the second twin bridge are constructed.

About the project

Council is upgrading Progress Road between Boundary Road and the Centenary Motorway at Wacol to improve safety and flood immunity and increase capacity to cater for future traffic growth.

This upgrade is part of Council’s $1.3 billion commitment to more than 90 road projects to take real action on congestion, by focusing on a range of solutions to improve the existing road network, getting residents home quicker and safer.

Traffic surveys show Progress Road carries approximately 15,000 vehicles per day and up to 700 vehicles per hour in peak times. Progress Road is classified as a primary freight access route and a B-Double route, with truck volumes along the corridor representing up to 14% of vehicle movements.

Traffic modelling predicts that by 2031, traffic volumes will exceed the current single lane capacity between Boundary Road and the Centenary Motorway, which will lead to increased congestion and crash risks.

This project is the final of four stages to upgrade Progress Road between the Ipswich Motorway and Poinsettia Street, with:

  • 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.  

This upgrade is jointly funded by Brisbane City Council and the Australian Government.

The project includes:

  • widening the existing road to five lanes (three lanes eastbound and two lanes westbound) to increase capacity and cater for future traffic growth in the area
  • installing a centre median island for road safety
  • upgrading the signalised intersection at the Komatsu access
  • replacing Bullockhead Creek culverts with a new bridge to improve flood immunity
  • 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 a new 12 space car park with Progress Road Park
  • installing new LED street lighting
  • landscaping and creek revegetation works.

In order to upgrade the corridor, a number of trees and shrubs were removed. A fauna spotter and catcher was on-site to relocate any fauna prior to tree removals and all works were undertaken in accordance with the relevant environmental guidelines. Tree removals have been offset in accordance with Council's offset planting policy.

Project documents

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Project timing

Construction started in mid-December 2017 and will be completed by early 2019, weather and construction conditions permitting. 


Construction is generally taking place between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday. Some out-of-hours work is required when traffic volumes are lowest to ensure the safety of motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and workers. These out-of-hours works are being undertaken intermittently between 7am and 5am, Sunday to Thursday.

Project progress

Construction of the westbound traffic lanes including one of the twin bridges is now complete. To allow for the construction of the eastbound traffic lanes, the traffic has been switched to the newly constructed westbound traffic lanes.

For access to businesses on Progress Road, road users must follow signage and direction from traffic controllers on-site. These works will include the construction of the three new eastbound traffic lanes, the second twin bridge and improved road drainage.

During construction, local businesses and nearby residents can expect some construction noise, dust, low levels of vibration and increase truck movements. Road users may experience changed traffic conditions during construction. At times, temporary lane closures and reduced speed limits may be required along Progress Road for the safety of motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and workers.

Council is committed to minimising the impact of the works on the community as much as possible and would like to thank local residents in advance for their patience and understanding during these important works.

Project benefits

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 pedestrian path and a shared pathway 
  • improved connectivity to Ipswich, Logan and Centenary motorways
  • improved flood immunity of Progress Road 
  • improved street lighting. 

More information

If you have any questions, or would like more information about stage 4 of the Progress Road upgrade you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 010 705 during business hours
  • contact Council’s Contact Centre on 3403 8888 outside of business 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 Programme.

14 September 2018