THE community of Bonogin will be safer on the roads through a $1.99 million Commonwealth-funded upgrade to Bonogin Road.
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz and Division 9 Cr Glenn Tozer on June 23 announced the upgrade, which will be from the Carrington Road to Davenport Drive intersections of Bonogin Road.
The 3.6km upgrade will include widening the road, removing hazards, improving curve warning signs and installing new vehicle activated signs.
Bonogin resident and owner of local café GrowCa John Stevenson welcomed the announcement.
“At Bonogin we’ve got one road in, one road out – everyone’s got to travel that road so anything to improve safety on the road is certainly of benefit to the community,” he said.
Mr Buchholz said the upgrade would deliver peace of mind for motorists.
“Through my advocacy and the advocacy of Cr Glenn Tozer we’ve been able to secure $1.99 million through the Commonwealth Black Spot program for this vital safety upgrade,” he said.
“We’ve listened to and acted on the needs of this community and I thank the City of Gold Coast for identifying the need for upgrades to Bonogin Road.
“This is not an election pledge. It’s fully funded in the 2016-17 Federal Budget and I look forward to seeing it delivered for the benefit of Bonogin.”
Cr Tozer said the upgrade would particularly benefit Bonogin families.
“Bonogin is a growing area for young families, and it’s a heavily-used road, connecting the acreage community in the Bonogin Valley to local schools and local shops,” he said.
“Improved visibility and wider verges will mean we can make Bonogin Road a safer road for these families and for everyone who uses the road.
“I’m really pleased Bonogin Road is being upgraded through this federal program and I welcome Mr Buchholz’s commitment to making our roads safer.”
Preliminary designs for the upgrade have commenced and construction is scheduled to get under way in early 2017.