NEW signs and line marking will be introduced at the entrance to rural towns across Queensland as part of the state’s commitment to improving safety on regional roads.
Mains Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the Town Entry Treatments (TET) project was being rolled out across the state thanks to a $4.7 million investment through the Targeted Road Safety Program.
“Physical measures such as new signs and line marking are helping motorists to reduce their speed when entering rural towns,” Mr Bailey said.
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“These treatments have proven effective in reducing vehicle speeds and crash rates as they enhance a driver’s awareness of the changing road environment.
“TET programs have also been successfully rolled out in New Zealand and the United Kingdom with both countries recording a reduction in travel speeds and crashes.’’
Mr Bailey said agreements had been reached with local councils for 18 towns to take part in the project.
“I’m pleased to see the Walloon, Surat, Marian and Collinsville communities already benefiting from the installation of their entry statements,” he said.
“A further 18 towns are also currently being assessed by TMR for future TET projects as we plan to extend the program to more rural towns across the state.
“Keeping each and every Queensland community safe is our number one priority.
“And it’s innovative projects like this that ensure we are getting locals safely home and tourists safely to their destination.”
Queensland rural towns approved for the TETS project:
- Walloon (installed)
- Marian (installed)
- Collinsville (installed)
- Burnett Heads
- Tin Can Bay
- Nanango, Murgon
- Rainbow Beach