Intra-regional trips are currently highly constrained along the north-south axis of the Moreton Bay Region due to the lack of alternative routes. The Bruce Highway (M1) is at capacity during peak periods and the nearest alternative north-south route – Gympie Road, Petrie is also at capacity with severe queuing and delays at the intersection of Gympie Road / Dayboro Road, known locally as the “Petrie Roundabout”.
The East Petrie and East Strathpine Bypass Proposal will significantly improve capacity to the southern section of the Moreton Bay Region where most of the traffic congestion occurs. This proposal will also allow more intra-regional trips to transfer from the national Bruce Highway – providing additional capacity on the Bruce Highway for more strategic inter-regional trips. Planning for this project needs to be undertaken in close partnership with Moreton Bay Regional Council so as to not adversely affect the planning and development of the former Petrie Mill site.