MOTORISTS will get a safer run on local roads through a $3.7m Commonwealth investment in road safety for the Lockyer Valley.
Projects will be carried out at Gatton, Laidley, Laidley North, Kensington Grove, Regency Downs, Lake Clarendon, Lower Tenthill and Lockyer Waters, with construction expected to get under way in the new financial year.
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said the $3.7m allocation through the Australian Government’s Black Spots program was a major win for the region.
“The 11 Black Spot projects being funded in the Lockyer Valley – a fair chunk of the 89 projects being funded across Queensland – form an important contribution towards reducing the road toll,” he said.
“I am proud to be part of a government which is delivering on its commitment to reducing crashes on our roads and I’m pleased to be able to deliver this great outcome for our region.
“I commend the Lockyer Valley Regional Council for its work in identifying and nominating these important projects which will go a long way towards saving lives and helping prevent horrific crashes happening on our roads.”
Lockyer Valley Mayor Tanya Milligan welcomed the funding.
“I am delighted the Commonwealth Government has provided 100 per cent funding for these 11 projects which will make the Lockyer Valley’s roads safer for everyone,” she said.
“Projects of significance in particular will include improvements to the corner of North and William Streets in Gatton to allow safer access as well as improvements to the intersection of Lake Clarendon Way and Main Greenswamp Roads.
“I thank Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz for his continued support and I look forward to working closely with him in coming years to continue to make the Lockyer Valley a great place for all of its residents.”
Lockyer Valley is one of 25 local government areas in Queensland to get a cut of the funding, with projects to total $33.6 million across the state.
Representatives from the RACQ, Queensland Trucking Association, Queensland Emergency Services, Bicycle Queensland, the QUT Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety, Queensland Police and state and local government sit on the panel which reviews priorities for the program.
For more information or to nominate a black spot, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/