Motorists queue to exit the Inner City Bypass at Herston Rd during the peak-hour commute.
Motorists queue to exit the Inner City Bypass at Herston Rd during the peak-hour commute.

Commuter hell: Long queues just to get off the road

TRAFFIC chaos continues to plague Brisbane's Inner City Bypass as peak-hour motorists are forced to queue in the emergency lane for hundreds of metres along one of the city's busiest corridors.

Traffic volumes on the ICB have noticeably increased since the Legacy Way tunnel was opened in 2015 and the existing roadways appear ill equipped to handle the extra cars.

The Courier Mail has monitored traffic on the ICB for the past week and found queues of cars up to 300m long at the Herston Rd and Abbotsford Rd off-ramps.

Due to the huge backlog of motorists trying to exit the busy motorway, cars are pulling on to the shoulder, creating a potential hazard for other drivers exiting the Legacy Way tunnel.

Brisbane City Council said construction works for the widening of the ICB between Legacy Way and the RNA tunnel would commence this week.

Infrastructure chairwoman Amanda Cooper said the $60 million upgrade will widen the ICB to four lanes in each direction and create a new bus priority measure at the Herston Rd exit.

"The Inner City Bypass is one of the city's busiest corridors carrying more than 100,000 vehicles every day and is operating at near capacity during peak periods," Cr Cooper said.

"The upgrade will stop queuing at the Herston Rd exit which is caused by congestion and the new dedicated bus priority lane will also help tackle congestion and reduce travel times."

The upgrade won't see any changes made to the Abbotsford Rd exit as council insists fewer motorists will need to use it.

"Traffic modelling shows that the upgrade at the Herston exit will result in fewer vehicles using the Abbottsford Road exit," a council spokesman said.

The upgrade, first announced in 2015, will be completed by 2018.

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