What will the work include?

    The Panorama Drive / Wellington Street road upgrade program is a road duplication project servicing a key Council controlled north-south arterial link in the centre north of Redland City. The program comprises 3 project stages:

    Stage 1- Boundary Road to South Street, Thornlands (2020 – 2023)

    Stage 2- South Street to Bay Street, Thornlands/ Cleveland (2024 – 2027 TBC)

    Stage 3- Bay Street to Russell Street, Cleveland (2027 – 2030 TBC)

    Why will the works take so long?

    Stage 1 is expected to be completed by 2023 (weather permitting). One of the main parts of these works involves the relocation and upgrading of existing electrical, telecommunications and water and waste services. The coordination of services within the road corridor is a complex task with some limitations such as storm season and weather events that will affect the projects delivery.

    How many lanes are being built?

    The current road features two lanes, one travelling north and one south. Two extra lanes are being built so the final road will be four lanes. The design includes additional shoulders for cyclists, dedicated turning lanes with extended queuing lengths to improve intersection performance. A pedestrian and cyclist shared path is proposed for the full length on the western side of the road. Signalised intersections will improve pedestrian and cyclist safety to cross from east to west.

    Will the road be closed during construction?

    A lot of construction can be done without affecting the current road layout. There will be times when traffic will move under a contraflow arrangement, however we are hoping to keep this to a minimum. As is usual practice, road barriers will be in place and speed through the work site will be reduced to 40km/h. Safety of road users and those building the road is the highest priority of Council, so at times there may be minor delays and we ask for your patience at these times.

    How will Council ensure continued ease of access to the hospitals?

    Emergency Services and Businesses in and around the hospital will be consulted on the program as works progress. Priority access will be given to emergency vehicles at all times. Staging of the road works will occur to minimise disruption and provide for alternate routes.

    What will be the hours of work?

    Work will generally be carried out during daylight hours from 6am to 6pm during weekdays and 7am to 4 pm on Saturday, Sunday and Public holidays (as required) with traffic management speed and roadwork speed restrictions in place. Some construction activities may be undertaken at night, however a notification letter will be sent to all affected residents prior to works commencing.

    What disruptions will occur?

    Few disruptions are expected during Stage 1 as much of the work will allow for the existing road to continue to carry traffic while the new lanes are constructed on the adjacent road reserve.

    Will the upgrade make my commute quicker?

    The project will alleviate peak hour congestion and improve journey to work times.

    What is the surface of the road going to be?

    The final surface of the road will be asphalt. This will provide a smoother, quieter and longer lasting surface that will reduce ongoing maintenance costs.

    Will there be road lighting fixtures?

    The road will be lit to the current Australian road lighting standards. Council will endeavour to use LED fixtures in accordance with DTMR requirements to minimise light spill to adjoining properties.

    Is the drainage going to be upgraded?

    Road works will incorporate stormwater upgrades to meet the new road alignments.

    Will traffic lights be installed?

    Yes, currently two sets of traffic lights exist at Ziegenfusz Road and Wieppin Street along the route. These will be upgraded as part of the intersection upgrade. A further four sets of lights are proposed along the corridor as follows:

    • Panorama Drive (new three way signalised intersection)
    • South Street (4 way signalised intersection to replace roundabout)
    • Enterprise Street  (new 4 way signalised intersection)
    • Bay Street (new 3 way signalised intersection).

    The new signalised intersections will deliver safer road movements for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

    Will there be land resumptions?

    Some partial land resumptions will occur for road widening and Council is already in talks with affected landowners. These will be resolved before work commences.

    Will my driveway be affected?

    Some driveways may need to be reconfigured to suit the new road and kerb alignment. Council will be in touch with those households as the project progresses and will bear all costs of like for like reinstatement, working to ensure minimal disruption to residents.

    How will the environment be affected?

    We hope to see a reduction in fauna mortality from vehicle strike along this stretch of road, as fauna-friendly underpasses and fauna exclusion fencing are to be incorporated into the new road design as part of Stages 2 and 3 in the Enterprise and Ross Creek environmental corridors. Trees and vegetation along the current road verge will need to be removed. In recognition of this, Council officers from various teams will be working with the community to proactively plan and begin mitigation measures through options such as advance tree plantings (offsets) and street tree plantings.

    How will Council mitigate for loss of koala habitat?

    Council proposes to undertake a diversified approach to mitigate for loss of koala habitat. Council will undertake both financial offsets in addition to targeted corridor enhancement planting in the Enterprise and Ross Creek environmental corridors. The offset requirement includes that three new Koala habitat trees be established for every one ‘non juvenile’ tree removed, as per State Government requirements. The majority of tree clearing will occur in project Stage 2 and Stage 3.

    How can I make my backyard 'wildlife-friendly'?

    Ensuring yours is a wildlife-friendly backyard can help our native animals as they navigate the suburbs. For example, simply placing a wooden pole or ladder against your fence enables animals to easily leave your yard, and a floating water aid in your pool helps them climb out if they fall in. For more tips, visit https://www.redland.qld.gov.au/info/20287/wildlife-friendly_backyard.

    Will noise barriers be provided as part of the road upgrade?

    Council will not be providing noise barriers for this local road upgrade. Local governments rarely provide sound barriers for local roads, for numerous reasons, including:

    • the volumes of traffic do not warrant such measures,
    • their effectiveness is limited, especially when driveways and side streets provide opportunities for noise to spill around them, 
    • they are prohibitively costly, and
    • because they act as an obstacle to the connectivity of people and wildlife. 

    Instead, the Planning Scheme contains a Transport Noise Corridor overlay for the purpose of triggering building measures such as double glazing, and door and window sealing to effectively manage noise in buildings. If you live on a main road and are concerned about noise, these are effective measures to make your living space more comfortable.

    Planning for road upgrade projects takes into account future technological developments such as electric and hydrogen powered vehicles, autonomous or driverless vehicles and low rolling resistance tyres, all of which will affect road noise and the liveability of our neighbourhoods.

    Will the new road lead to an increased volume of traffic?

    The Wellington Street / Panorama Drive road upgrade is designed to improve intersection performance and reduce congestion, and will not necessarily increase the volume of traffic moving through the city along this corridor. Council is committed to supporting active transport options such as walking and cycling, with this project including dedicated cycle lanes and supporting improved pedestrian and cycle safety.

    Will other noise-reducing measures be implemented?

    Council will investigate the specification of low noise asphalt along with other measures including road geometry and driver behaviour to make a more comfortable city for us all.