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Road closures

From 1 January 2017, Queens Wharf Road (adjacent to the Brisbane River) was permanently closed to traffic and a section of William Street (between Elizabeth Street and Margaret Street) is closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic for the period of the Integrated Resort Development (IRD)’s construction.

To stay informed about traffic conditions and changes visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads or call 13 19 40.

Motorcycle parking

To facilitate the $3.6B Queen's Wharf Brisbane (QWB) Integrated Resort Development, on 1 January 2017 the State and Destination Brisbane Consortium (DBC) closed part of William Street and Queens Wharf Road to normal traffic. The road closures, which falls within the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Priority Development Area (PDF, 440.0KB) were approved by Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) and publicly notified on 16 December 2016.

As the development area is a construction site, due to the road closures a number of motorcycle parking spaces within the development area are no longer available.

For detailed information on motorcycle parking, view the Brisbane City Council's interactive map by searching for 'Inner city motorcycle parking' on the Brisbane City Council website.


The Bicentennial Bikeway, under the Riverside Expressway, is used by a large number of cyclists and pedestrians.

In 2016 the developer, the Destination Brisbane Consortium (DBC) conducted cycle and pedestrian counts for the number of users along the path to gauge the peak and non-peak times.

The Bicentennial Bikeway remained open during the excavation and shoring phase.

During the construction period, DBC and its contractors are required to maintain the function of the bikeway, facilitating for safe construction activities near or across the bikeway.

When upgrades are being made to the bikeway, the route for cyclists and pedestrians may change or be diverted depending on construction works throughout the six-year build.

Upon opening, Queen's Wharf Brisbane will provide high quality end of trip facilities for staff, residents and visitors to the precinct.

Further information on this Bicentennial Bikeway diversion is available on the QWB website Bikeway Upgrade Fact Sheet.

Cyclists are encouraged to subscribe to and receive latest news and construction updates direct from the developer, by selecting "stay informed" on the Queen's Wharf Brisbane website or by following on Facebook.

Frequently asked questions

  • The Queensland Government continuously works with Brisbane City Council (BCC) and the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) on traffic and transport solutions to minimise disruptions to the CBD and ensure that visitors are aware of any construction impacts in advance.

    As part of the Plan of Development (PoD) application, the Destination Brisbane Consortium submitted a Traffic Engineering Report to Economic Development Queensland for approval as part of the PoD, which will then be followed by Traffic Management Plans for each different construction and operational phase.

  • On 1 January 2017 William Street between Elizabeth Street and Margaret Street was closed  for the duration of the demolition and construction works which is approximately six years. Along with this, Queen’s Wharf Road was closed permanently. These road closures allowed the safe demolition of the three non-heritage buildings and also mitigates potential impacts to pedestrian and traffic.

    The Destination Brisbane Consortium will be controlling and managing the changes, as they will primarily be responsible for executing those changes.

  • It is recommended interested parties subscribe to receive construction updates by clicking ‘stay informed’ on the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane website.

  • The Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation has a Traffic and Transport Working Group (TTWG) consisting of the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Brisbane City Council, Destination Brisbane Consortium and independent expert advisors to consider traffic and transport impacts during the various stages of the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development.

    The TTWG is responsible for considering the entire CBD transport network when making decisions relating to the project.

  • There are no permanent closures to the Riverside Expressway or any of its on or off ramps. For limited periods of time, temporary lane closures will be required to safely construct the project. These works will be conducted in accordance with existing works and maintenance practices for this vital piece of transport infrastructure.

Last updated: 21 Oct 2021