28 February 2013
The Bruce Highway through the Townsville suburb of Annandale is set to become safer following my approval of Federal funding to upgrade the intersection of Melton Black Drive and Macarthur Drive, the scene of 29 crashes and one fatality in just the last four years.
The $12.6 million project will replace the existing roundabout with a new set of traffic lights, with work expected to begin in the middle of this year and will take about twelve months to complete.
This package of works will make this intersection, which provides access to the Lavarack Barracks, the Annandale Shopping Centre and a number of local schools, safer for the more than 40,000 vehicles that pass through it every day.
It will also deliver similar safety benefits for local pedestrians and cyclists.
Funding for this upgrade is coming from the Federal Labor Government's Bruce Highway Safety Package, the first ever program dedicated to eliminating notorious black spots, installing new rest stops and building additional overtaking lanes. Already this initiative is:
- Installing 50 new overtaking lanes;
- Fixing over 100 dangerous black spots between Caboolture and Cairns;
- Building some 24 new rest areas and stopping places as well as upgrading a significant number of existing rest areas.
In total, we're investing an unprecedented $3.3 billion to build a better, safer Bruce Highway for the up to 170,000 vehicles which use it daily. Compared to the record of the former Howard Government, that's more than twice as much in half the time.