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    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    Queensland motorists to be safer thanks to $112 million investment

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    Tuesday, May 01, 2018

    Queensland motorists to be safer thanks to $112 million investment

    The Palaszczuk Government has announced a $112 million investment in life-saving upgrades to improve six high-risk roads in Queensland as part of National Road Safety Week.

    Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the upgrades would begin in July and should be completed by mid 2021.

    “Every life lost on our roads is a tragedy, and the Palaszczuk Government is doing everything we can to reduce the state’s road toll,” Mr Bailey said.

    “These safety treatments will improve sections of roads that we have found to have the highest risk of fatal or serious injury crash.

    "Works will incorporate a wide range of infrastructure safety improvements specific to the identified road, including installing reflective markers, guide posts, guard rails and signage, as well as line-marking improvements, shoulder widening, realignment and resurfacing.”

    The six roads to receive funding are:

    • Central Region: Gladstone Benaraby Road, $20.4 million
    • North Coast Region: Mount Glorious Road and Samford-Mount Glorious Rd, $11.3 million
    • North Coast Region: Burpengary-Caboolture Road and Beerburrum Road, $28.8 million
    • North Queensland Region: Captain Cook Highway, $25.75 million
    • South Coast Region: Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road, $12 million
    • South Coast Region: Mount Lindesay Highway (25A South MacLean section), $14 million

    ‘‘A reduction in crash-related statewide hospital admissions is also something we hope to achieve," Mr Bailey said.

    “Ultimately, we hope to one day achieve zero fatalities or serious injuries on our road network, consistent with our Road Safety Strategy (2015-21).”

    Mr Bailey said under legislation, revenue collected from speed and red-light camera offences was required to be redirected to road safety projects such as the Targeted Road Safety Program.

    “This program is an example of the revenue raised from camera-detected offences creating programs to make our roads safer through major infrastructure improvements,’’ Mr Bailey said.  

     ‘‘Initiatives such as the Targeted Road Safety Program will make our roads safer for all Queenslanders.’’

     ENDS

     Media contact: Dominic Geiger, 0447355565