The section of Aerodrome Road between Bribie Island Road and Piper Street, along with the Lear Jet Drive intersection represents a main entry point and 'gateway' into this busy commercial and industrial precinct.
In response to increasing congestion and a history of crashes at this intersection Council has investigated ways to improve its efficiency and safety and provide safe pedestrian crossing facilities.
Council also plans to rehabilitate Aerodrome Road from Lear Jet Drive to McNaught Road to address road pavement condition.
- Balance the varying needs of area stakeholders including property owners, business owners and their customers, the greater community, council and Transport and Main Roads Department
- Reduce traffic congestion and improve overall efficiency considering changes in flow throughout the day
- Improve safety for all road users by reducing potential conflicts and clarifying decision making where possible
- Provide pedestrian crossing opportunities
- Retain on-street parking opportunities where possible
The proposed solution is to install traffic signals at the intersection of Aerodrome Road and the southern leg of Lear Jet Drive, along with a painted right turn pocket at Aerodrome Road and Piper Street. This will result in the following outcomes:
- road widening on both corners of Aerodrome Road and Lear Jet Drive intersection, and along the western side of Aerodrome Road between Bribie Island Road and Lear Jet Drive
- entering from Bribie Island Road, a single through lane along Aerodrome Road will be available, like now
- entering from Bribie Island Road, left turns into Lear Jet Drive will not be signalised. This turn will be separated from through traffic by a raised island. A zebra crossing will be provided for pedestrians to cross the turn lane
- along Lear Jet Drive two exit lanes will be provided to Aerodrome Road. One lane will be available for traffic turning right toward Bribie Island Road, and the second, kerb side lane is for left turns and straight through movements to a driveway
- travelling south along Aerodrome Road towards Bribie Island Road, a separate lane will be provided for right-turns into Lear Jet Drive, along with a single through lane toward Bribie Island Road
- on-street parking will not be available on Aerodrome Road between Bribie Island Road and Piper Street, and along Lear Jet Drive from Aerodrome Road almost to Boeing Place
- as part of intersection signalisation, signalised pedestrian crossings will be included across Lear Jet Drive and the northern leg of Aerodrome Road
- turns and access into the Holden dealership will remain unchanged, though may be signalised
- access to and from businesses along Aerodrome Road between Lear Jet Drive and Piper Street will change due to intersection operations and a new raised median in Aerodrome Road
- the access to #11 (animal Warehouse & AOK Tyres) will be controlled as a forth leg of the intersection signalisation. This access will be available for all turns in and out
- property accesses in the intersection upgrade area will be widened and reconstructed to ensure that access to existing businesses is maintained for the types of vehicles which currently use each site.
A concept plan(PDF, 11MB) has been prepared showing the changes proposed about the Aerodrome Road and Lear Jet Drive intersection for discussion with the community.