Western Freeway, Brisbane
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|Aerial view of Moggill Road and Western Freeway Interchange Upgrade. The regular traffic congestion on the Western Freeway is visible.|
|Length||5 km (3.1 mi)|
|NE end||Mount Coot-tha Road, Toowong, Brisbane|
|SW end|| Centenary Motorway
|Highways in Australia
National Highway • Freeways in Australia
Highways in Queensland
The Western Freeway is a 5-kilometre long freeway in western Brisbane that runs from Milton Road in Toowong to the western side of Indooroopilly where the freeway becomes the M5 Centenary Motorway. The freeway bears the symbol and forms part of Metroad 5. There is one interchange, at Indooroopilly onto Moggill Road. A bicycle path runs the length of the freeway, allowing commuting to Toowong and onto Brisbane by bicycle.
Options are currently being investigated in to a possible Kenmore Bypass. This would connect with the M5 along the existing preserved corridor to Chuwar, Queensland. This preserved corridor was identified in the 1960s for a future freeway.
The Western Freeway was constructed in two stages. The first stretched from Milton Road at Toowong south to Taringa Parade at Taringa, and was opened to traffic on 31 August 1970. Construction of the second stage (Taringa Parade to Moggill Road) commenced in 1975 and was opened on 24 May 1979. Later construction began on a direct link to the Centenary Highway, and this extension was opened to traffic on 19 December 1984.[page needed]
Work began in 1985 on the duplication of the freeway as part of the larger Mount Cootha Road to Calmont Street project, which also involved the duplication of Centenary Bridge. The works were completed and commissioned by Russ Hinze on 27 March 1987.
Work begun in April 2011 on the Legacy Way, a tunnel which will link up the Toowong end of the Western Freeway with the Inner City Bypass at Kelvin Grove. Completion expected by 2015, the tunnel hopes to reduce travel time between the Centenary Bridge and the Inner City Bypass by 70%.
In February 2014, work began on widening of Western Freeway (executed as part of Legacy Way tunnel project). The existing four lanes of freeway between western approach ramp of Legacy Way and Moggill Road interchange were upgraded to six lanes. The upgrade was intended to improve traffic flow on the freeway between Moggill Road and Legacy Way tunnel.
Exits and interchanges
The entire freeway is in the City of Brisbane local government area.
|Toowong||0||0.0||Frederick Street (Metroad 5) north / Milton Road (State Route 32) east / Miskin Street south – Everton Park, Brisbane, Toowong||Northern terminus at roundabout|
|0.4||0.25||Mount Coot-tha Road (Tourist Drive 7) – Mount Coot-tha||Roundabout; route transition: southern terminus of Metroad 5, northern terminus of M5 (motorway-standard)|
|1.4||0.87||Legacy Way (State Route M5) – Kelvin Grove||No entry or exit southbound|
|Indooroopilly||4.0||2.5||Moggill Road (State Route 33) – Indooroopilly, Kenmore||No exit northbound|
|5.1||3.2||Centenary Motorway (M5) / Moggill Road (State Route 33) – Ipswich, Toowoomba, Indooroopilly, Kenmore||Southern terminus: continues as Centenary Motorway; northbound exit only to Moggill Road|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Krosch, Allan (March 2009). "History of Brisbane's Major Arterial Roads– A Main Roads Perspective" (PDF). Queensland Roads. 7: 16. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
- Queensland: Parliamentary Debates (Hansard), Legislative Assembly, 25 February 1987 (PDF)
- Centenary Bridge plaque (JPG image)
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