$112 million safety upgrades target high risk roads

08 March 2019

The Palaszczuk Government is investing $112 million for safety upgrades on nine high risk Queensland roads.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the targeted funding would help to reduce trauma on roads identified as high risk.

“My department identified 26 sections of the state-controlled road network, each about 20 kilometres in length, that are known locations for crashes,” Mr Bailey said.

“While these sections of road represent only 1.4 percent of Queensland’s state-controlled road network, they account for about 10 percent 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.

“From intersection upgrades, wide centre line treatments and audio tactile line-marking, to the installation of safety barriers and improved signage, nine roads have identified by the Targeted Road Safety Program.

“Safety works vary from location to location but share a common goal – reducing Queensland’s road toll.

“Any loss of life on our roads is a tragedy.

“Safety is the Palaszczuk Government’s motivation for continuing to commit funding to upgrade roads and work toward our target of no fatalities on Queensland highways.”

Mr Bailey said roads targeted for upgrades under the Targeted Road Safety Program include:

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.”

Mr Bailey said the Palaszczuk Government would deliver a further $40 million for 71 new projects under Safer Roads Sooner and Vulnerable User programs.

“These lower cost projects, also funded by camera detected offences, will target safety improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists on roads across Queensland,” he said.

For more information about the Targeted Road Safety Program go to https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Safety/Road-safety/Targeted-Road-Safety-Program

 

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Source:   Queensland Government - www.statements.qld.gov.au

Contact: Media Contact: Toby Walker - 0439 347 875

External Links:  https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Safety/Road-safety/Targeted-Road-Safety-Program

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