THE Queensland Government will spend $112 million improving safety on nine high-risk roads across the state.
It comes after the Department of Transport and Main Roads identified 26 sections of the state-controlled road network – each about 20 kilometres in length – as known hot spots for crashes.
Of the nine roads set to be upgraded, Beaudesert-Nerang Road on the Gold Coast is one of them. Almost $5 million will be spent on installing audio tactile line marking and safety barriers on the local ‘high risk’ road.
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Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the targeted funding would help to reduce trauma.
“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,” Mr Bailey said.
“That’s why we are targeting spending on safety improvements using revenue collected from speed and red-light camera offences.”
The upgrades will be delivered over the next three years.
“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.