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Department of Transport and Main Roads

Rothwell Intersection Upgrade

Key facts

  • The $37.5 million Rothwell Intersection Upgrade was delivered by the Queensland Government (contributing $22.6 million) with joint funding from the Australian Government ($11.7 million) and Moreton Bay Regional Council ($3.2 million).
  • Deception Bay Road and Anzac Avenue are major urban arterial roads with over 50,000 vehicles travelling through the intersection daily.
  • New dedicated on-road bicycle lanes and off-road shared pathways have been provided throughout the intersection.
The upgraded Rothwell intersection

The Rothwell Intersection Upgrade project involved the upgrading of the existing Rothwell roundabout to a signalised intersection, significantly improving connectivity and safety for active transport users.

The project involved the construction of a new multi-lane intersection that provides a safe and efficient link between Anzac Avenue and Deception Bay Road. The intersection upgrade also improved access to the new Rothwell Station precinct, which is one of six stations on the Moreton Bay Rail.

The project commenced in July 2016 and was completed in November 2017.

The old Rothwell roundabout

The Cycling Infrastructure Policy requires transport projects situated on the Principal Cycle Network to provide active transport facilities during planning, design and construction. The Rothwell Intersection is situated on the South East Queensland Principal Cycle Network. 

The old Rothwell roundabout had no provision for bicycle riders and pedestrians despite being at the intersection of major urban arterial roads. As part of the upgrade project, both dedicated on-road and off-road shared pathways were designed and delivered as part of the project.  The cycling infrastructure delivered provides a new link between the northern end of the Moreton Bay cycleway from Deception Bay to the southern end towards Mango Hill.

Innovative design

The intersection upgrade was designed to cater for on-road and off-road bicycle riding, and gives riders the option to choose whichever they are comfortable with. The design is innovative in how it allows for multiple bicycle rider and pedestrian travel routes without reducing the capacity of the intersection for motor vehicles.

A raised crossing was installed on the slip lane turning left into McGahey Street. The raised crossing provides motorists with better visibility and encourages reduced vehicle speeds, making it safer for pedestrians and bicycle riders when crossing.

Raised crossing at McGahey St slip lane

Community engagement

Signalised bicycle crossing

Feedback was sought from the local community and used by the Queensland Government, Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Federal Government to refine the design so that it would meet the needs of the region. In response to feedback, signalised intersections were incorporated to facilitate safe road crossings.

Watch some project drone footage of the completed Rothwell Intersection upgrade below.

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Last updated 28 March 2024