Inner City Bypass, Brisbane

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Inner City Bypass
Inner City Bypass, Brisbane.JPG
Inner City Bypass in Brisbane
General information
Type Highway
Length 5 km (3 mi)
Route number(s) M3
Major junctions
North end Albion
South end Brisbane
Major suburbs Bowen Hills
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in Queensland

M3 Inner City Bypass (ICB) is a major motorway standard road in Brisbane, Queensland. The 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi) bypass is north of the city. Bypassing the Brisbane central business district, it connects Brisbane’s Pacific Motorway and Go Between Bridge at Hale Street to Kingsford Smith Drive, the Clem Jones Tunnel and Lutwyche Road following the Exhibition railway line for the majority of its length.

The route is marked as the M3 from the western part of the route, up until the Horace Street interchange.

The motorway cost $220m to complete and incorporates a total of six lanes, four tunnels, 18 bridges and was the largest infrastructure engineering project undertaken in Queensland for decades. The route also includes a 350m long tunnel under the RNA Showgrounds. There is no toll for use of this roadway.

The ICB, built by the Brisbane City Council, is considered one of the most successful road projects in Brisbane, completed well before schedule, on budget, and to date is one of the most used road corridors in the city. Significant congestion occurs in lanes heading towards Hale Street at peak times, this has resulted in a nickname of the "Inner City Car Park".

ICB viaduct over the Breakfast Creek


The Inner City Bypass was built in 3 stages:

  • Stage 1 – Hale Street to Campbell Street which opened during November 2001
  • Stage 2 – Campbell Street to Abbotsford Road which opened during February 2002
  • Stage 3 – Abbotsford Road to Kingsford Smith Drive which opened during July 2002

Exits and Interchanges[edit]

Inner City Bypass QLD-M3.png
Northbound exits Distance to
Brisbane Airport
Distance to
Pacific Motorway
Southbound exits
End Inner City Bypass
continues as Kingsford Smith Drive
to Pinkenba
Brisbane Airport
9 5 Start Inner City Bypass
continues from Kingsford Smith Drive
Brisbane CBD
Breakfast Creek Road
no exit 9.3 4.7 Albion, Virginia
Sandgate Road
Virginia, Redcliffe, Brisbane CBD
Abbotsford Road
9.6 4.4 no exit
Logan, Gold Coast
Clem Jones Tunnel QLD-M7.png
10.5 3.5 Logan, Gold Coast
Clem Jones Tunnel QLD-M7.png
Bald Hills, Sunshine Coast
Lutwyche Road AQ3.png
10.7 3.3 continues as QLD-M3.png
Herston, Brisbane CBD
Herston Road
11.4 2.6 no exit
Victoria Park Road 12.7 1.3 Brisbane CBD, Ferny Grove, Mount Samson
Kelvin Grove Road Australian State Route 77.svg
Ferny Grove, Mount Samson
Kelvin Grove Road Australian State Route 77.svg
12.9 1.1 no exit
Ashgrove, Mount Glorious, Brisbane CBD
Musgrave Road
13 1 Hale Street
no exit 13.2 0.8 Brisbane CBD, Paddington
Caxton Street
Mount Coot-tha, Ipswich
Milton Road
(Access from Pacific Motorway only)
13.5 0.5 Brisbane CBD, Mount Coot-tha, Ipswich
Milton Road
Little Cribb Street
(Access from Pacific Motorway only)
Start Inner City Bypass QLD-M3.png 14 0 End Inner City Bypass QLD-M3.png
High Speed Intersection Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png Traffic Lights (clockwise from bypass)
Pacific Motorway QLD-M3.png to Logan Central (26km) and Gold Coast (79km)
Coronation Drive to Indooroopilly (6km)

Future interconnectivity[edit]

Although not constructed as part of the TransApex project, the ICB is an inaugural part of the future connection of tunnels and other planned urban motorways within the city. The Inner City Bypass will be connected to the Airport Link and the Legacy Way two new Brisbane tollways.

The Airport Link was completed in mid-2012[1] and the Legacy Way by 2015.

See also[edit]


Coordinates: 27°27′10.90″S 153°01′27.61″E / 27.4530278°S 153.0243361°E / -27.4530278; 153.0243361

Brisbane Motorways
M1 M2 M3 M4 M5 M7
Major Motorways
Pacific  · Bruce  · Gateway  · Ipswich  · ICB  · Legacy  · Logan  · Western  · Centenary  · Port of Brisbane  · CLEM7  · Airport Link