Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has today unveiled the final plans for a $9.2 million upgrade along Waterworks Road, which would see the road widened between Trout Street and Beth Eden Terrace in Ashgrove.

Cr Quirk said the project would help residents get home quicker and safer and was one of 1000 road improvements projects that Council was undertaking through a $2 billion investment.

“Council is committed to taking real action on traffic congestion right across the city and the Waterworks Road upgrade will improve safety for all road users, improve traffic reliability and help ensure this road can cater for future traffic along this busy corridor,” Cr Quirk said.

“This section of Waterworks Road is used by 32,500 vehicles every day and this project will help improve traffic flow with an additional right-turn lane from Stewart Road into Waterworks Road, an additional inbound through-traffic lane as well as a dedicated left-turn lane into Ashgrove Avenue from Waterworks Road.

“The project will also include the addition of eight all-day parking bays adjacent to the local shopping precinct, making it easier for residents to support local businesses while ensuring parked vehicles do not restrict traffic flow.

“Council will also be relocating the T2 lanes 150-metres to the east of Ashgrove Avenue, as well as the two bus stops to improve safety and traffic efficiency.

“Whether it’s a short trip to the shops or a longer commute on the weekend, good roads safer journeys and more enjoyable drives, which is why we are committed to delivering upgrades to major corridors and local roads right across the city.”

Local Councillor Steven Toomey said he had received positive feedback from the community about the Ashgrove Central Waterworks Road upgrade, with many concerned about safety.

“Waterworks Road regularly experiences significant congestion and many local residents have grown frustrated at how unreliable it is to travel along,” Cr Toomey said.

“I am also increasingly hearing of safety concerns along this stretch, with 20 accidents recorded over a six-year period, 14 of which required medical treatment.

“Waterworks Road is a key corridor between the CBD and the city’s north-western suburbs and this project will deliver significant benefits to improve safety and travel times to help local residents spend more time with their family and less time travelling to work.”

Council is now tendering for construction, with works expected to commence by the end of the year.

For more information on the Waterworks Upgrade, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on 3403 8888.