Road safety funding flows to MaranoaJanuary 20, 2021
Maranoa MP David Littleproud has secured more than $43 million to deliver road safety upgrades in Maranoa under tranche one of the $2 billion the Road Safety Program.
The Australian Government has approved $225 million for Queensland under tranche one of the Road Safety Program, joining a further $64.6 million to be provided by the Queensland Government.
Maranoa MP David Littleproud said the Australian Government’s funding for the Road Safety Program will deliver lifesaving measures on roads in Maranoa protecting vulnerable road users, while also supporting local jobs.
“I’m pleased to see roads in our regional communities being prioritised, with $43,460,000 to be invested across 19 vital road safety projects in Maranoa,” Mr Littleproud said.
“I have been advocating for these road safety upgrades to help get Australians home sooner and safer, and that’s exactly what our Liberal and Nationals Government will now deliver.
“This funding is subject to “use it or lose it” provisions which means these projects will be delivered soon – if they aren’t, these funds will be reallocated – the Federal Government means business.
“These projects will also provide a much-needed boost to local jobs and the economy at a time when it couldn’t be needed more.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the additional works are required to begin and finish by 30 June 2021, improving safety and supporting around 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,” the Deputy Prime Minister 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.
“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and the Australian Government is playing our part by investing heavily in road safety upgrades across Queensland.
“This is all about getting Queenslanders home sooner and safer whilst we also create more jobs during this difficult economic time.”
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said road safety was a key priority for the Australian Government and this investment in road upgrades would provide a boost to the economy while ensuring Australians can get home sooner and safer.
“Making our roads safer is a critical component of our work to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads and move towards achieving Vision Zero – or no deaths or serious injuries on our roads,” Mr Buchholz said.
“Projects are already underway through the $500 million Targeted Road Safety COVID-19 stimulus package and this additional funding complements that work, resulting in an even greater roll-out of improved infrastructure and roads right across the nation.
“Queensland unfortunately saw a 26 per cent increase in road deaths in 2020, despite the falls in traffic due to the pandemic.
“We know we must do better – and this funding is part of our Government’s unwavering commitment to doing our bit to get all Queenslanders home sooner and safer.”
The program will be delivered in three, six-month tranches. In total, the Australian Government has approved up to $225 million and the Queensland Government a further $64.6 million to fund the state-wide upgrades.
Road Safety Program projects in Maranoa:
|Project Name||Total Project Funding (Australian Government and Queensland Government)|
|D’Aguilar Highway and Burnett Highway and Drayton Street: Upgrade intersection||$110,000|
|Warrego Highway (Dalby – Miles), Brigalow – Chinchilla section||$550,000|
|Intersection of Amiens Road, Thulimbah School Road and Tennant Road: Upgrade intersection||$240,000
|Cunningham Highway / Gladfield Back Road / Goombura Road: Upgrade intersection||$990,000
|Warrego Highway (Miles – Roma), Drillham – Dulacca: Widen road and safer roadsides||$2,200,000|
|Warrego Highway, Blyth Creek: Curve widen and safer roadsides||$550,000|
|Carnarvon Highway, Moonie River Bridge: Guardrail and delineation upgrade||$550,000|
|Landsborough Highway (Winton – Kynuna), Pavement strengthening and widening||$3,630,000|
|Blackall – Jericho Road: Pave and seal – Stage 1||$4,400,000|
|Barcaldine – Aramac Road: Widen narrow seal||$3,870,000|
|Carnarvon Highway and Miscamble Street intersections: Upgrade intersection||$830,000|
|Warrego Highway and Carnarvon Highway: Upgrade intersection||$8,650,000|
|Diamantina Developmental Road (Bedourie – Boulia), Widen narrow seal||$2,150,000|
|Carnarvon Hwy (Roma to Injune): Upgrade existing culverts||$1,650,000|
|Diamantina Development Road: Upgrade existing culverts||$1,100,000|
|Bulloo Development Road: Upgrade existing culverts||$1,650,000|
|Richmond – Winton Road, Pave and seal||$5,390,000|
|Burnett Highway (Nanango – Goomeri)||$3,300,000|
|Wondai – Proston Road: Upgrade existing culvert||$1,650,000|
For more information on the Australian Government’s road safety initiatives, visit www.officeofroadsafety.gov.au.
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