Newnham and Wecker Intersection Upgrade and Pedestrian Bridge

Project Overview

The intersection accommodates approximately 35,500 vehicles and 186 pedestrians every day. It was identified as a black spot location with a total of eighteen crashes reported since 2014.  Thirteen of these crashes were related to motorists being unable to make a safe right turn from Newnham Road due to high volumes of traffic. For those reasons and without a doubt, this intersection required traffic and safety improvements.  The intersection upgrade is jointly funded by Brisbane City Council as part of the Better Roads for Brisbane program, and the Australian Government as part of the Urban Congestion Fund.

The bridge, crossing a drainage line of Bulimba Creek includes a 3.6-metre-wide shared path to improve access for people moving across Bulimba Creek. Additionally, the footpath on the western side of  Newnham Road will be extended to link up to the new pedestrian and cycle bridge.

Fast Facts

  • ClientBrisbane City Council
  • LocationBrisbane, QLD
  • Year of Completion 2022

Scope of works

Newnham Road and Wecker Road Intersection Upgrade comprises:

  • Construct a new right turn lane on Newnham Road northbound with a dedicated right turn arrow into Wecker Road
  • Installing an additional right turn lane from Wecker Road into Newnham Road
  • Installing a signalised pedestrian crossing on the left turn slip lane on Newnham Road southbound
  • Improve signalised footpaths, shared paths and pedestrian crossing facilities at the traffic lights to coordinate the traffic lights with adjacent intersections
  • Improve drainage, street lighting and line marking at the intersection
  • Remove approximately twelve on-street parking spaces at the intersection as the peak period clearway will be replaced with full-time no parking
  • Public Utility Plant (PUP) relocation works

Pedestrian Bridge at Newnham Road, Mt Gravatt East comprises:

  • Place loose rock within the creek to match the existing profile of the creek embankment
  • Construct gabion baskets to match the existing profile of the creek embankment
  • Construct two abutment wingwalls and headstocks within the creek embankment
  • Bore two bored piles above high bank
  • Clear trees and vegetation in the work areas
  • Manage traffic