An upgrade to the intersection of Goodwood Road and Woodgate Road will soon be underway with the aim to make the route safer for road users.
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the busy intersection had been identified in the latest round of the Road Safety Program funding.
“This is a big win for locals. One life lost on our roads is one too many and these new safety upgrades will provide protected right turn lanes to reduce the risk of rear end and overtaking accidents,” Mr Pitt said.
“The upgrade at Goodwood Road and Woodgate Road intersection will provide a protected right turn and widen the taper into a turning lane.”
He said the Federal Government had committed $4.48 million to five road safety projects in the Wide Bay Burnett region, with three within the Hinkler electorate.
Mr Pitt said there would also be upgrades to the intersection of Bourbong Street and Burrum Street.
“This work will prohibit right turns out of Burrum Street and provide a central median for pedestrians to cross Burrum Street in two stages,” he said.
“These improvements will start rolling out in coming weeks and are expected to be completed by mid-2022, meaning the community will quickly start reaping the benefits.
“Currently around 1200 people die and 40,000 are seriously injured on our roads each year, which is why our Government is taking strong action by delivering record investment in road safety across the nation.”
The Government has already invested $1.5 billion under the Road Safety Program in more than 1,050 road safety projects across Australia, most of which are complete and benefiting communities.
The Australian Government has committed $4,480,000 to the road upgrades in the Wide Bay Burnett with the Queensland State Government committing $1,120,000.
For more information on the Australian Government’s $3 billion Road Safety Program and other road safety initiatives, visit www.officeofroadsafety.gov.au/programs/infrastructure-programs