The Australian Government is investing in local road upgrades through the 2021 round of the Black Spot Program, with $449,000 for the intersection of Gehrke Road and Lorikeet Road, Glenore Grove.
Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz said the intersection had been identified as a dangerous site with serious incidents in recent years, as well as near misses.
“Tragically, we have already seen serious injury and a loss of life at this intersection. The Black Spot program targets these sites, where we know incidents have occurred, funding is targeted at those sites.
“This site has been identified by the expert black spots panel to be a dangerous site requiring attention and some $449,000 has been committed through the program to address the issues identified, to make the intersection safer.
“The works will change the intersection layout, install line-marking and signage, install new street lighting, construct a concrete island and upgrade the existing culvert – a significant project overall and I am glad we are partnering with the Lockyer Valley Regional Council,” Mr Buchholz said.
Lockyer Valley Infrastructure Portfolio Councillor Janice Holstein welcomed the upgrades, which would further assist in reducing the risk of future road incidents.
“The improvements earmarked for the intersection of Gehrke Road and Lorikeet Road, Glenore Grove will be vital in ensuring Council continues to address road safety right across the region.
“We thank the Federal Government for this funding, which will go a long way towards keeping residents of the Lockyer Valley safe both now and in the years to come,” Cr Holstein said.
The panel that reviews priorities for the program includes representatives from the Queensland Police Service, Royal Automobile Club of Queensland, Queensland Trucking Association, Bicycle Queensland, Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety (Queensland University of Technology), Traffic Management Association of Australia and State and Local Government.
For more information on the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program, or to nominate a black spot, visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots.
Mr Buchholz – Scott O’Connell – 0413 424 384
Lockyer Valley Regional Council – 07 5462 0316