Feb 27, 2019

High-risk roads earmarked for $100m-plus safety works

High-risk roads earmarked for $100m-plus safety works

The State Government has announced a $112 million safety boost for nine high-risk Queensland roads.

“My department identified 26 sections of the state-controlled road network, each about 20km in length, that are known locations for crashes,”
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said.

“While these sections of road represent only 1.4 per cent of Queensland’s state-controlled road network, they account for about 10 per cent of the state’s fatal and serious injury crashes.

“That’s why we are targeting spending on safety improvements using revenue collected from speed and red-light camera offences. “

The roads earmarked for work under the Targeted Road Safety Program include the Gillies Range Rd, Kennedy Highway, Rockhampton-Yeppoon Rd,  Bundaberg-Gin Gin Rd, Mount Lindesay Highway, Mount Cotton Rd,       New England Highway (Warwick – Wallangarra),  Beaudesert-Nerang Rd and the Captain Cook Highway.  

Upgrades will be delivered over the next three years with some safety works expected to begin this year.

“Not only will these projects help to reduce road trauma, they’ll also support an average of 91 jobs in regional Queensland during construction,” Mr Bailey said. 

“It’s an investment in local jobs and safer roads.”  

At a glance:

Road treatments to be delivered by the Targeted Road Safety Program are:

Road Names Scope Total Project Cost  Scheduled commencement
Beaudesert-Nerang Road Installation of audio tactile line marking, install safety barriers and seal resurfacing. $4,902,000 2018-19
Captain Cook Highway (Cairns – Mossman) Upgrade of a number of intersections to increase safety and install speed reduction measures near Mossman. $2,420,455 2019-20
Gillies Range Road Upgrade signage, installation of audio tactile line marking and install wide centre line treatment towards top of the range where appropriate. $18,183,848 2019-20
Kennedy Highway (Cairns–Mareeba) Key intersection upgrades and installation of wide centre line treatment, safety barriers and audio tactile line $45,000,000 2019-20
Rockhampton–Yeppoon Road Upgrade of intersection between East Street and Fitzroy Street including improving sight lines, provision of anti-skid treatments and realignment and signalization of the left turn slip land onto Fitzroy Bridge. $1,165,000 2019-20
Bundaberg–Gin Gin Road Removal of roadside hazards, installation of safety barriers, audio tactile line marking and right turning lanes $6,318,000 2018-19
Mount Lindesay Highway Intersection upgrades installation of safety barriers and line marking and hazard removal $14,391,000 2018-19
Mount Cotton Road Upgrade of two intersections to right turning lanes $2,359,500 2018-19
New England Highway (Warwick – Wallangarra) Road widening for wide centre line treatment, installation of audio tactile line marking, installation of safety barriers and provision of some right turning lanes $19,453,000 2020–21

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