Progress Road upgrade - Stage 4 - Wacol | Brisbane City Council

Progress Road upgrade - Stage 4 - Wacol

Construction is underway on the final stage of the Progress Road upgrade at Wacol, between Boundary Road and Centenary Motorway. The Progress Road upgrade will 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 action on congestion. Focusing on a range of solutions to improve the existing road network, getting residents home quicker and safer.


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 to complete new drainage and the three new westbound lanes on the northern side of Progress Road.

About the project

Traffic surveys show 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 predicts that by 2031, traffic volumes will exceed the current single lane capacity between Boundary Road and the Centenary Motorway. This 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 funded by Brisbane City Council and the Australian Government.

Project details

The project includes:

  • widening the existing road to five lanes (three lanes eastbound and two lanes westbound) 
  • installing a centre median island
  • 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
  • installing 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
  • removed a number of trees and scrubs.

A fauna spotter and catcher was on-site to relocate any fauna prior to tree removals. All works are undertaken in accordance with the relevant environmental guidelines. Tree removals are offset in accordance with Council's offset planting policy.

Project documents

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Project timing

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

Project progress

During construction, 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, the project may require temporary lane closures and reduced speed limits along Progress Road.

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 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. 

More information

For 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 Program.

14 December 2018