Speed limit lowered in safety boost for Far North

Published Wednesday, 07 September, 2022 at 11:15 AM

Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey

The speed limit on Mossman – Daintree Road will be lowered as part of safety upgrades north of Mossman.

The final stages of the ongoing works on Mossman - Daintree Road will include reducing the speed from 70km/h to 60km/h along the stretch locally known as Cedars Street, between Syndicate Road and Atherton Street.

The works are part of a suite of safety upgrades on Mossman - Daintree Road.

Other aspects include a realignment of the Jones Street intersection, the closure of the Atherton Street intersection at Mossman - Daintree Road, and wide centre line treatments to reduce the risk of head on and run off road crashes.

Dedicated turning lanes will also be installed on Syndicate Road and Jones Street.

The project is part of a program of road safety upgrades across the Far North District, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.

The Road Safety Program aims to improve safety on the state-controlled road network with locations selected based on a history of crashes and/or key safety concerns.

The $12.4 million work on Mossman - Daintree Road is jointly funded by the Australian ($9.92) and Queensland ($2.48) governments on an 80:20 basis.

Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Carol Brown:

 "This project represents a substantial investment by the Australian and Queensland governments in improving road safety on regional roads.

"Mossman - Daintree Road had been identified as an emerging crash location where, tragically, a driver was killed in March 2018 after crossing lanes of traffic.

"Several run-off road crashes have required hospital treatment."

Quotes attributable to Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey:

 “Lowering the speed limit on Cedars Street will make it much safer and easier for local residents, which is great news.

“Road safety is a top priority for the Palaszczuk Government, which is why the current budget is delivering over $1.5 billion towards targeted road safety initiatives.

“It’s a great example of our commitment to helping Queenslanders get home sooner and safer.”

Quotes attributable to Queensland Member for Cook Cynthia Lui:

"Changes to road conditions include Cedars Street’s speed limit being reduced to 60km/h, the same as other highways passing through residential areas, while Jones Street will become a 50km/h zone.

“Atherton Street will also be closed off in light of community feedback, which called for the unsafe exit onto Mossman – Daintree Road to be addressed.

"New arrangements like this can take some getting used to and we thank the community for their patience.

“These upgrades come as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s almost $1.6 billion road and transport plan for Far North Queensland over the next four years, supporting 1,440 good, secure jobs in the region.

“It’s a great example of our commitment to providing better services for Queenslanders, helping them enjoy our great lifestyle.”

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