Jan 18, 2021

Further funding pumped into road safety upgrades

Further funding pumped into road safety upgrades

The Australian Government has approved $225 million for Queensland projects under tranche one of the $2 billion Road Safety Program, with a further $64.6 million to be provided by the State.

The joint funding announcement should see another 87 projects across Queensland started and completed within the next six months.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the additional works would support about 950 jobs in Queensland.

“This funding will deliver key lifesaving improvements such as shoulder sealing, rumble strips to alert drivers they are moving out of their lane, median treatments to prevent head-on collisions and barriers to prevent run-off-road crashes and protect against roadside hazards,” he said.

“Of this $289.6 million, $267.4 million has been earmarked for regional Queensland demonstrating the substantial focus we are placing on our regional communities.”

Queensland Assistant Regional Roads Minister Bruce Saunders said the list of projects would see intersections with a high crash history made safer, roads widened and more dirt roads sealed.

“These types of projects play an important part in supporting our industries right across Queensland, in particular those industries that rely on our regional roads to transport goods,” Mr Saunders said.

“They build on major projects already being delivered like the $480 million Bruce Highway upgrade south of Cairns, the $1 billion Gympie Bypass and $514.3 million Bruce upgrade south of Townsville.

“The works will give new opportunities for businesses as we continue to recover from COVID-19 and spark more jobs in industries like construction, traffic management and engineering.”

Road Safety and Freight Transport Assistant Minister Scott Buchholz and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack with Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry, who welcomed the additional funding for Central Queensland projects.