GOLD Coasters driving to work and home to their families will be able to get there safer, more quickly and with fewer frustrations with an improved signage system around roadworks.
The new system will see thouroughly reduced speed signs replaced with a safe, faster limit when workers are not actually on the roadwork site.
Premier Campbell Newman joined Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson to announce the new approach today.
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“One of the greatest frustrations for drivers is having to slow to a crawl when there are no roadworks taking place – whether that’s at night or on the weekend,” Mr Newman said.
“Under this new approach, engineers will be required to return signs to a safe speed when works aren’t being carried out.
“At the same time we’ll be working with police to step up enforcement around roadworks.
“We will be rolling this out to roadworks across the state to deliver more consistent signage, crack down on speeding and educate drivers and traffic managers of the dangers around roadworks.
“Improving signage will make them more efficient and eliminate the delays that impact thousands of people.”
Mr Emerson said the $8.5 billion deal with the Federal Government to fix the Bruce Highway, including a record $770 million this year, was a great example of where the new roadworks system would benefit drivers on long journeys.
“We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to get drivers where they are going sooner,” Mr Emerson said.
“Our new approach will see drivers being better educated on the delays and will reduce the wait time as much as we can.”
If you see something that can be improved around roadworks, call 131940 or visit tmr.qld.gov.au