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Powell Media Release – Safer roads for Glass House (28 February 2014)

The Glass House region will see nearly $3 million worth of new safety projects to tackle the road toll as part of a $350 million state-wide initiative.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said the Road Safety Action Plan allocates funding to address black spots on Queensland’s road network.

“These projects align with our election promise to deliver better infrastructure and better planning and provide cost-effective solutions to make our roads safer,” Mr Powell said.

Some of the key local works to improve safety include:

  • Bruce Highway Steve Irwin Way northbound exit lane at Beerburrum. Which will involve realigning the current Y-shaped intersection and constructing an acceleration lane/merge lane ($2.96 million)
  • Clearing vegetation on the Bruce Highway between Pine Rivers Bridge and Cooroy to improve driver visibility and remove potential hazards ($3.75 million as part of a wider package of works)
  • Bruce Highway guardrail improvement works between the Caloundra and Maroochydore Road interchanges to improve the safety function of guardrail at higher-risk locations ($666,000 as part of a wider package of works)

“These works are due for completion by mid-year, and will provide safety benefits by widening and realigning Steve Irwin Way and making improvements to the Bruce Highway.”

Mr Powell said these projects were among 60 action items this government was delivering to improve safety on our roads and drive down the road toll.

“Any death on our road is a tragedy which is why we continue to invest in these important safety works,” he said.

The Safer Roads Sooner program delivers high benefit, cost effective, road engineering treatments that address known high risk crash hot spots on our network.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said projects were decided on by the Safer Roads Sooner Advisory Committee, chaired by Member for Pine Rivers, Seath Holswich MP.

“Mr Holswich has been a strong advocate on road safety issues in his electorate and is passionate about ensuring safer roads for Queensland motorists and pedestrians,” Mr Emerson said.

“The Safer Roads Sooner Advisory Committee reviews the recommended program of works.”

The Road Safety Action Plan also includes other priorities such as $2 million a year for a community road safety fund, on-going roll out of flashing lights at more than 300 schools, safety advertising and license reforms.

 

-ENDS 28 February 2014

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