Wynnum Road corridor upgrade: Stage 1 - East Brisbane | Brisbane City Council

Wynnum Road corridor upgrade: Stage 1 - East Brisbane

The Wynnum Road corridor is an important route in Brisbane’s road network, providing access between suburban and commercial catchments in the eastern suburbs of Brisbane, the Central Business District and beyond. 

Council is delivering the upgrade to the Wynnum Road corridor in stages. Stage 1 of the upgrade is from Latrobe Street to Canning Bridge. Once completed, this section of Lytton Road will be widened from four lanes to six lanes.

Stage 1b of the corridor upgrade will complement the works undertaken in Stage 1 by implementing interim measures to improve traffic efficiency and safety along Wynnum Road, between Canning Bridge and Riding Road.

Construction works for Stage 1 will be undertaken in coordination with Stage 1b. 

Stage 1 fly-through video

Watch the fly-through video to learn about this stage of the project.

You can also watch this video and other related videos on Council's YouTube channel.

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Project summary

Address Lytton Road - Latrobe Street to Canning Bridge, East Brisbane
Ward The Gabba
Project outcome This upgrade will improve safety for all road users and will help cater for existing and future traffic demands along this busy corridor.
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Construction activities commenced in early 2018 and works are expected to be completed by early 2020.

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Related projects Read more about Stage 1b of this project for further information. 

Project features

The Wynnum Road corridor upgrade Stage 1 involves:

  • widening Lytton Road between Latrobe Street and Canning Bridge from four to six lanes to provide an additional inbound and outbound lane
  • upgrading the bend at Heidelberg Street by changing the curve to improve safety
  • increasing lane widths to 3.3 metres for the inside lanes and 3.7 metres for the outside lanes to improve safety
  • relocating and signalising the intersection at Laidlaw Parade and Lytton Road to provide access for local residents and provide a safe crossing point for pedestrians and cyclists
  • installing a u-turn facility at the new Laidlaw Parade and Lytton Road intersection for westbound traffic to travel eastbound to support access to surrounding residential areas
  • improving safety and traffic flow by installing a centre median to prevent right turns at private properties and at Stafford Street, Northcote Street and Walter Avenue
  • rationalising and indenting bus bays within the project area to reduce the impact on traffic flow and improve efficiency
  • providing a designated three metre wide, two-way off-road bike path between Mowbray Park and Laidlaw Parade, with a separate 1.5 metre wide pedestrian footpath
  • removing access to Eskgrove Street and Scanlan Street from Lytton Road to improve safety
  • undergrounding the existing overhead service lines to improve amenity and safety
  • installing up-lighting under feature trees and the war memorial and providing free Wi-Fi in Mowbray Park to improve the park's amenity.

Project benefits

When complete, Stage 1 of the project will:

  • improve safety for all road users 
  • improve road capacity to cater for current demands and accommodate expected traffic growth 
  • improve travel times
  • reduce congestion.

Construction update

Between October and December 2018, the following works are planned to be carried out within the project area, weather and site conditions permitting. 

Between Wellington Road and Mowbray Park, including Park Avenue

Works include:

  • installing underground public utility services along Lytton Road and across Park Avenue
  • continuing property reinstatement works at the East Brisbane Bowls Club
  • installing street lighting conduits in front of Mowbray Park
  • commencing works to upgrade the heritage style lights in Mowbray Park
  • completing construction of the tree bridge around the historic kauri pine 
  • completing earthworks in this area to bring the ground up to its required height and profile
  • preparation works for construction of the new shared path through this area.

Between Mowbray Park and Scanlan Street, includingNorthcote, Heidelberg and Heath Streets

Works include:

  • completing construction of the concrete retaining walls near Eskgrove Street
  • commencing construction of the gabion (rock-basket) retaining walls near Eskgrove Street
  • completing earthworks between Mowbray Park and Scanlan Street to bring the ground up to its required height and profile
  • completing private property reinstatement works on the northern side of Lytton Road
  • installing underground public utility services along Lytton Road, including some services in Northcote Street and across Heidelberg and Heath Streets
  • preparation works for construction of the new road pavement on the northern side of Lytton Road.

Between Scanlan Street and Canning Bridge, including Laidlaw Parad and Walter Avenue

Works include:

  • completing construction of the concrete retaining walls near Eskgrove Street
  • commencing construction of the gabion (rock-basket) retaining walls near Eskgrove Street
  • completing earthworks between Mowbray Park and Scanlan Street to bring the ground up to its required height and profile
  • completing private property reinstatement works on the northern side of Lytton Road
  • installing underground public utility services along Lytton Road, including some services in Northcote Street and across Heidelberg and Heath Streets
  • preparation works for construction of the new road pavement on the northern side of Lytton Road.

As the works progress throughout the project site, there will be temporary changes to some footpath arrangements in various locations. In addition, there will be some intermittent restrictions to on-road parking spaces.

Construction hours

Day works

Daytime construction works generally take place Monday to Saturday, between 7am and 5pm. 

Night works

Night works generally take place Sunday to Thursday, between 7pm and 5am. Noisier works such as asphalt and concrete cutting (which require the use of a saw cutter), jack hammering and concrete breaking works are planned to be completed prior to 11pm, where possible.

While night works are only scheduled when necessary, due to the high volume of traffic on Lytton and Wynnum roads, a lot of the construction works required for the Wynnum Road corridor upgrade must be undertaken at night. This is when traffic volumes are lowest, and helps to minimise traffic disruptions to the road network, public transportation and emergency services,  while ensuring the safety of road users and workers. 

Additionally, when connecting new utilities to existing services, the utilities need to be temporarily disconnected. As such, these works are mostly carried out at night to minimise disruptions to local residents and businesses. 

Night works will continue to be required throughout the project and Council will update the local community as the works progress.

Extended weekend work

Some works occurring on Lytton Road will be carried out as day works over extended weekend periods (i.e. all day Saturday and Sundays). This is part of Council’s commitment to reduce the overall number of night works required for the project, where possible. The community will be advised closer to when these works are scheduled.

Temporary construction impacts

Throughout construction, residents and businesses near the works may experience some temporary impacts. These include:

  • increased construction vehicle movements, with reversing beepers and flashing lights
  • construction-related noise, including the use of power tools, excavation machinery and jack-hammers, and asphalt and concrete cutting and backfilling
  • increased lighting from portable light towers.

Council is committed to keeping the community informed of construction in their area. We will provide advance notification of noisy night works, service disruptions and major access changes, including disruptions to property access.

Safety first

For the safety of workers and road users, the speed limit through work areas will remain reduced to 40 km/h for the duration of the project. When required, signage and traffic controls will be in place to guide road users, pedestrians and cyclists. Please slow down and follow the direction of onsite traffic controllers and signage.

Permanent road access changes

As part of the upgrade, the following traffic changes have come into effect along Lytton Road:

  • Stafford Street, Northcote Street and Walter Avenue are left-in/left-out only from Lytton Road
  • the intersection of Eskgrove Street and Lytton Road, is permanently closed (alternative access is currently via Scanlan Street or Laidlaw Parade).

These permanent road access changes are a key feature of the Wynnum Road corridor upgrade – Stage 1 project, and an important part of improving safety and traffic flow along Lytton Road.

Project documents

Related projects

Further information is available through the Wynnum Road corridor upgrade – Stage 1b.

More information

If you would like to find out more about this project you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 572 132 (during business hours)
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 (after hours)
  • email the project team
  • visit the Community Information Centre at 89 Lytton Road, East Brisbane (access via Heidelberg Street), open every Tuesday from 10am-12 noon and Wednesday from 2-4pm, or other times by appointment
  • write to:
    Wynnum Road corridor upgrade – Stage 1
    City Projects Office 
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001
24 October 2018