15 December 2020
Start of construction letter to residents from Council’s City Projects Office

“Brisbane City Council is planning to start construction on the Hoyland Street upgrade, between Kluver Street and Bracken Ridge Road at Bracken Ridge. Minor works including site compound set up and service locating will commence from Monday 11 January 2021, with no traffic changes expected. Main civil works will start from Monday 18 January 2021. Construction is expected to be complete by early 2022, weather and construction conditions permitting.

The upgrade is jointly funded by Council’s Better Roads for Brisbane program, and the Australian Government’s Urban Congestion Fund. The project forms part of a joint $500 million commitment to deliver congestion-busting projects and safety improvements across Brisbane.

The Bracken Ridge Road, Hoyland Street and Strathpine Road corridor is an important east-west route linking the Gympie Arterial Road and the Gateway Motorway. The corridor connects the Moreton Bay area with the northern Brisbane suburbs of Strathpine, Bald Hills, Bracken Ridge and Sandgate.

The corridor is predominantly a four-lane road (two lanes in each direction) except for the 900-metre section of Hoyland Street, between Kluver Street and Bracken Ridge Road, which is a two-lane road (single lane in each direction). The project involves widening this section of Hoyland Street, increasing the existing two-lane section to four lanes to complete the four lanes throughout Bracken Ridge Road, Hoyland Street and the Strathpine Road corridor.

Pedestrian and cycling facilities at the Kluver Street and Hoyland Street intersection will be improved by extending the traffic signal coverage to provide two-phases of traffic signal protection at the existing northern and eastern left-slip lanes. This will improve connectivity to already established active transport facilities along the Hoyland Street corridor.

Once complete, the upgrade will improve safety for road users as well as improving the road network efficiency. The upgrade will also complement the Gympie Arterial Road and Strathpine Road interchange upgrade that is being delivered by the Queensland and Australian governments. Construction of this project is proposed to commence in 2021.

The Hoyland Street upgrade will involve:
• increasing Hoyland Street, between Kluver Street and Bracken Ridge Road, from the current two-lane configuration to four lanes (two lanes in each direction)
• providing two-phase traffic signal protection at the Hoyland Street and Kluver Street intersection northern and eastern left-slip lanes
• installing approximately 800 metres of guardrail along the corridor
• upgrading the street lighting to LED along the corridor
• landscaping reinstatement
• road resurfacing and line marking.

Environmental impacts
Approximately 200 street trees will need to be removed as part of the project. Works to remove the street trees will commence from 18 January 2021. Council is committed to minimising impact on the environment and will replant approximately 400 trees within the project vicinity and local area in accordance with Council environmental policies and relevant legislative requirements.

Main construction works
The majority of construction works will take place during the day, Monday to Friday between 7am and 5pm. Where required, works will also take place on Saturday, between 7am and 5pm.
At times, works will need to be undertaken at night, when traffic volumes are lowest to ensure the safety of motorists and workers and to minimise traffic disruptions. Night works will only be scheduled when necessary and will generally take place Sunday to Thursday between 7pm and 5am. Council is committed to keeping the local community informed of construction activity in their area and will provide advance notification of any out-of-hours works to affected residents near to the work area.

Construction impacts
Throughout the project, residents in close proximity may experience construction noise including saw cutting, excavation works and asphalt and profiling works. Residents may also experience noise from increased truck movements, as well as low levels of vibration and dust. Due to workplace health and safety requirements, reversing beepers cannot be switched off.

Road users may experience temporary changed traffic conditions and delays when travelling through the area. Traffic controllers will be onsite to safely direct motorists, pedestrians and cyclists as needed. Signage as well as variable message signs (VMS) will be located along the project length to provide commuters with regular updated information about any potential delays.

Pedestrian and cyclist access will be maintained throughout the duration of the project, with diversions and detours in place at times to facilitate the works.
We apologise for any inconvenience these works may cause and appreciate your patience while Council completes this important safety upgrade.

Site compound
As part of the project, the contractor’s site compound will be located in the road reserve, opposite the Bracken Ridge Road and Hoyland Street intersection. This location has been chosen as it will have the least amount of impact on local residents, park users and pedestrians and cyclists.

More information about the project is available on Council’s website by searching ‘Hoyland Street upgrade’. If you have any questions about this project, or would like to register to receive project updates via email, please contact the project team on 1800 870 437 during business hours or email cityprojects@brisbane.qld.gov.au. For information outside of business hours, please call Council’s 24-hour Contact Centre on 3403 8888.”