MILLION-dollar roadworks have begun to improve the safety of motorcyclists in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Upgrades worth $1.6 million have been fast-tracked to improve motorcyclists’ safety on the winding Beechmont Road at Canungra which is notorious for fatal motorcycle accidents.
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to building and maintaining safer roads, including projects to improve motorcycle safety.
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“Works planned include shoulder-widening on the one-way section between Elimbah Court and Jardine Road, and installing guardrails and rubrail,” Mr Bailey said.
“I’m pleased to announce we’ve fast-tracked funding to install rubrail on the existing guardrail at six locations on Beechmont Road to improve motorcyclists’ safety.
“Construction on the remaining upgrades will be undertaken in the 2017-18 financial year, following the completion of the detailed design mid next year.”
Rubrail is an additional barrier installed below the guardrail to reduce the severity of a crash and is often used in mountainous areas and on winding roads like Beechmont Road.
Mr Baily said about 540 metres of the rubrail would be installed in high-risk locations between the intersection of Nerang–Murwillumbah and Ingham streets before Christmas.
“This road has a history of crashes and tragically this has resulted in seven fatalities on Beechmont Road since 2005.” Mr Bailey said.
“That’s why this program is focused on improving trouble spots, to reduce the risk for road users.
“Over the last fortnight we’ve had a high number of Motorcycle deaths on Queensland roads, so I urge everyone to slow down and take extra care over the holidays.”
Mr Bailey said the project was funded under the Palaszczuk Government’s Safer Roads Sooner program, which delivers high-benefit, cost-effective, road upgrades to address known high-risk crash hot spots.