Safety the order of the day for major Yeppoon intersection

January 19, 2017

  • Works underway on Scenic Highway intersection and Matthew Flinders Drive

  • All three levels of government working together on $1.15 million project

  • Project to address the site’s crash history

Construction kicked off last week to upgrade the dangerous intersection of the Scenic Highway and Matthew Flinders Drive in Yeppoon.

 

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the unacceptable road toll in 2016 had only strengthened the Australian Government’s resolve on addressing road safety issues across the nation.

 

“It is extremely encouraging when local governments decide to use their Australian Government Roads to Recovery funding on fixing dangerous roads,” Mr Chester said.

 

“With all three levels of government working together to get this upgrade finished by June this year, the completed intersection will play a role in our efforts to reduce the climbing road toll from 2016.”

 

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey also referenced the importance of works like this in helping to build a safer road network for Queensland.

 

“Road deaths in 2016 on Queensland roads vastly exceeded the previous two years and this is simply unacceptable,” Minister Bailey said.

 

“Upgrading known problem intersections like this one on the Scenic Highway, which will soon have traffic lights, turning lanes and cyclists crossing facilities, will reduce the chance of road accidents and ensure more people arrive at their destination safely.”

 

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said aside from improving road safety in the area, the project compliments the redevelopment of the Scenic Highway in Yeppoon which was impacted by Cyclone Marcia.

 

“A safe and efficient road system is not only important for locals but for the growing tourism sector on the Capricorn Coast,” Ms Landry aid.

 

“Fixing up this dangerous intersection follows the start of a further $16.5 million repair project already underway on the Scenic Highway and demonstrates what all three tiers of government can achieve by working together.”

 

Mayor Bill Ludwig said the community feedback had overwhelmingly endorsed Council’s commitment to continuously improve road safety for the region.

 

“Currently, right turning traffic to and from Matthew Flinders Drive and Robinson Street are forced to take a risky manoeuvre cutting across the Scenic Highway, which can also be a real hazard for cyclists crossing the side roads,” Mayor Ludwig said.

 

“Once complete, this project will provide a safer and more efficient traffic flow, especially during the school run, as well as improved pedestrian and cyclist access through the intersection.

 

“Projects like these, which help keep our communities safe, are the greatest investment that Governments at all levels can make.”

 

Works on the Scenic Highway and Matthew Flinders Drive intersection are expected to be completed by the end of June, with detours in place while Robinson Street is closed during construction.

 

The works have been jointly funded with Council contributing $308,000, $575,000 from the Department of Transport and Main Roads, and $267,000 from the Roads to Recovery program.

 

Construction kicked off last week to upgrade the dangerous intersection of the Scenic Highway and Matthew Flinders Drive in Yeppoon.

 

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the unacceptable road toll in 2016 had only strengthened the Australian Government’s resolve on addressing road safety issues across the nation.

 

“It is extremely encouraging when local governments decide to use their Australian Government Roads to Recovery funding on fixing dangerous roads,” Mr Chester said.

 

“With all three levels of government working together to get

this upgrade finished by June this year, the completed intersection will play a role in our efforts to reduce the climbing road toll from 2016.”

 

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey also referenced the importance of works like this in helping to build a safer road network for Queensland.

 

“Road deaths in 2016 on Queensland roads vastly exceeded the previous two years and this is simply unacceptable,” Minister Bailey said.

 

“Upgrading known problem intersections like this one on the Scenic Highway, which will soon have traffic lights, turning lanes and cyclists crossing facilities, will reduce the chance of road accidents and ensure more people arrive at their destination safely.”

 

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said aside from improving road safety in the area, the project compliments the redevelopment of the Scenic Highway in Yeppoon which was impacted by Cyclone Marcia.

 

“A safe and efficient road system is not only important for locals but for the growing tourism sector on the Capricorn Coast,” Ms Landry aid.

 

“Fixing up this dangerous intersection follows the start of a further $16.5 million repair project already underway on the Scenic Highway and demonstrates what all three tiers of government can achieve by working together.”

 

Mayor Bill Ludwig said the community feedback had overwhelmingly endorsed Council’s commitment to continuously improve road safety for the region.

 

“Currently, right turning traffic to and from Matthew Flinders Drive and Robinson Street are forced to take a risky manoeuvre cutting across the Scenic Highway, which can also be a real hazard for cyclists crossing the side roads,” Mayor Ludwig said.

 

“Once complete, this project will provide a safer and more efficient traffic flow, especially during the school run, as well as improved pedestrian and cyclist access through the intersection.

 

“Projects like these, which help keep our communities safe, are the greatest investment that Governments at all levels can make.”

 

Works on the Scenic Highway and Matthew Flinders Drive intersection are expected to be completed by the end of June, with detours in place while Robinson Street is closed during construction.

 

The works have been jointly funded with Council contributing $308,000, $575,000 from the Department of Transport and Main Roads, and $267,000 from the Roads to Recovery program.

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