Redland City Council has approved funding for the first stage of the $90 million Wellington Street duplication at Thornlands.
Mayor Karen Williams said the project would upgrade a major Redlands Coast north-south arterial link and be delivered as part of the Local Government Infrastructure Plan to accommodate increased demand in the area.
“Stage one will duplicate Panorama Drive/Wellington Street into four lanes between Boundary Road and South Street,” Cr Williams said.
“Having four lanes along that stretch of road will make a difference to people’s daily lives by alleviating peak-hour congestion, improving work commute times and increasing safety at intersections.
“The project will be partly funded through developer contributions collected for infrastructure works and held in reserve.”
Cr Williams said the project would also benefit from Federal Government funding for intersection upgrades at Ziegenfusz Road/Panorama Drive, Panorama Drive/Wellington Street and Wellington Street/Weippin Street.
“Construction of the first stage is expected to start in 2021 and be completed in 2023 and create upwards of 140 jobs.
“While subject to further Council approvals, subsequent stages are expected to occur over the next decade and duplicate Wellington Street all the way to Russell Street in Cleveland.
“Stage two is likely to see duplication of Wellington Street between South and Bay streets take place from 2024 to 2027, with stage three through to Russell Street then expected between 2027 and 2030.”
Cr Williams said traffic disruptions during the work were expected to be minimal.
“Fortunately, 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,” she said.
For more information and to watch a project animation, visit the project page on Council’s Your Say site: yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au/wellingtonstreet