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Benefits

The Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade will improve the capacity of the road to meet the future needs of the traffic network on one of Brisbane’s busiest roads.

Key community benefits:

  • Reduced traffic congestion and increased road capacity to accommodate future traffic volumes.
  • Improved safety, local amenity and access for all road users including cyclists, pedestrians and public transport users.

Key project benefits include:

up to 30% travel time savings for all vehicles, including cars, buses and trucks.

$70 million in new cycle and pedestrian facilities.

Seven kilometres of new and improved pedestrian and cycle paths.

more than 3000 direct and indirect jobs over the life of the project.

improved public transport provision, enabling future increases in bus services to cater for growth in the local area.

improved safety for all road users.

The upgrade of Kingsford Smith Drive provides a significant opportunity to increase and enhance interaction with the Brisbane River and create a lasting piece of infrastructure that contributes to Brisbane’s urban landscape.

Key design highlights include:

The creation of a tree lined boulevard along the corridor. To create space in the median for the tree lined boulevard, a cantilever structure will be built out over the river.

River walk rest stop nodes will be built out into the river and provide viewing platforms, seating and shade for recreation.

The rejuvenation of Cameron Rocks Reserve including the ceremonial memorial court and refurbished war memorial will provide improved amenity for park users, including direct access to the river.

The creation of Bretts Wharf Plaza, a new outdoor event space that connects the Racecourse Road retail precinct, the river walk, Portside and Northshore Hamilton.

Illuminated artwork throughout the corridor to reinforce the cultural and historical significance of the precinct.

Construction of the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade started in 2016 and is expected to be completed in 2019.