Preferred Planning Option released
The Department of Transport and Main Roads has finished the preferred planning option for a potential Kenmore Bypass.
The preferred planning option is a four-lane bypass (two lanes in each direction), linking Moggill Road to the Centenary Motorway.
Motorists travelling on the proposed bypass would link directly to Moggill Road to travel south, with a T-intersection for those wishing to travel north on Moggill Road.
The bypass option includes connections to the Centenary Motorway, as well as a reconfiguration of the Centenary Motorway and Fig Tree Pocket interchange. Gem Road would also be reconfigured to pass under the bypass, connecting more directly to Sunset Road.
A shared off-road pedestrian and cyclist path would be provided along the entire bypass route with a connection to the Centenary Bikeway.
The Kenmore Bypass Planning Study is now finished and the key outcome is a preferred bypass option that considered community feedback.
Where to from here
The Kenmore Bypass Planning Study is now finished. The project team has reviewed the results from technical and environmental investigations and community feedback to develop the preferred option.
The planning study has confirmed a Kenmore Bypass is technically and environmentally feasible, and has also identified potential property requirements which will be used to preserve the corridor as development occurs around it.
The next step is for the Government to assess the affordability and priority of the project. Currently there is no decision or funding to build a Kenmore Bypass.
Gem Road planning options released
Following significant community feedback, the Department of Transport and Main Roads developed new planning options to maintain Gem Road as a through-road.
The Gem Road options have been designed to complement the current bypass planning, while also being technically and environmentally feasible.
Gem Road options
Community comment period for the Environmental Approvals Report (EAR) has now closed
The community comment period on the draft EAR closed on Monday 6 July 2009.
The Environmental Approvals Report (EAR) provides a detailed understanding of the environmental conditions in the Kenmore Bypass area, the potential impacts of a Kenmore Bypass on existing conditions and recommended mitigation strategies during this time.
The findings of the draft EAR demonstrate that all identified environmental impacts could be mitigated to within appropriate standards and guidelines. The draft EAR identifies further investigations and Environmental Management Plans (EMPs) that would need to be developed should the bypass proceed to construction. The release of the draft EAR is an important step in the ongoing planning study which is investigating a possible way to address urban traffic growth on Moggill Road in the Kenmore area.
Draft planning options for a potential Kenmore Bypass
The draft planning options for a potential Kenmore Bypass were developed as part of Stage 2 of the planning study and were on display for public comment in November 2008.
The draft planning options were developed by incorporating community feedback from Stage 1 and further detailed technical investigations. One of the key principles in developing the draft planning options was the desire to use the existing preserved transport corridor where possible.
The Kenmore Bypass corridor has been preserved by the State Government since the late 1970s. The draft planning options follow the alignment of the existing corridor and primarily focus on interchanges and how a potential Kenmore Bypass would connect into the existing road network.
During Stage 2, the department received almost 1000 feedback submissions from the community, conducted meetings with property owners and spoke to more than 1000 people at public displays.
Please note the community feedback on the options closed in March 2009.
Kenmore Bypass Planning Study: options
Maps detailing these options can be downloaded below:
Moggill Road Intersection
Gem Road to Kenmore Road
Centenary Motorway Interchange
Kenmore Bypass Pre-feasibility Study
This Kenmore Bypass Planning Study follows on from a feasibility study conducted to identify any major technical issues in building a Kenmore Bypass. The desktop study found no substantial technical obstacles. It concluded a proposed Kenmore Bypass would:
- provide a 3km alternative link between Moggill Road at Pullenvale and the Centenary Highway at Fig Tree Pocket
- cater for an estimated traffic demand of around 25,000 vehicles per day in 2026
- reduce ‘rat running’ on local streets
- significantly reduce the traffic on Moggill Road and allow motorists to avoid travelling past two schools, 13 sets of traffic lights and a busy shopping centre on Moggill Road
- free up capacity on Moggill Road for public transport enhancements
- create an opportunity for express/rocket public transport services
- provide opportunity for enhanced cycle network connectivity between the Kenmore and Centenary bikeways.
However, the study also found certain issues require further investigation, including the following:
- A Kenmore Bypass would increase traffic demand along the Centenary Motorway between the Fig Tree Pocket and the Moggill Road interchanges.
- A Kenmore Bypass, while following the department's preserved corridor alignment, would also require some land acquisition.
- The cost to construct the Kenmore Bypass is likely to be high given the terrain and required land acquisitions.
- Further investigations would be required to look at public transport, environmental impacts, capacity analyses, geotechnical information and drainage.
- Further planning is required to discuss draft planning options with the community.
For further information download the Summary report for the Kenmore Bypass Preliminary Feasibility Study.