Kessels Road Underpass Clears Brisbane's Busiest Intersection

Media Release

WT019/2014

24 February 2014

Traffic flow through Brisbane's busiest intersection is safer and more efficient as from today, with the opening of the Kessels Road underpass at the Mains Road intersection at Macgregor.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the new underpass under Mains Road means uninterrupted travel through the intersection on one of Brisbane's most important transport corridors.

“The Australian Government has fully funded this $280 million project to enhance traffic flow and make this section of Brisbane's Urban Corridor much safer for the thousands of motorists who use it each day,” Mr Truss said.

“The underpass reduces congestion on a road corridor that connects the Ipswich, Pacific and Gateway motorways, and it will help Brisbane's road network keep pace with the growth of the city and surrounds.

“On average more than 50,000 vehicles travel through the intersection along Kessels Road each weekday, and another 40,000 go through it along Mains Road.

“It is now easier to access businesses, schools and Griffith University, and all drivers will be enjoying reduced congestion and improvements in travel times.”

Mr Truss said the underpass consisted of two lanes in each direction.

The project included upgrading two kilometres of Kessels Road, adding shared off-road paths for cyclists and pedestrians and on-road cycle lanes along Kessels Road, and creating bus priority lanes through the intersection along Mains Road.

The final stages of the works will continue until mid-year to complete the Kessels Road upgrade and the intersection approaches on Mains Road.