Work has started on upgrading two black-spot intersections on Messines Ridge Road in Holland Park West, Brisbane.
Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher said the $1.7 million total cost of the upgrades will be provided through the Australian Government's Black Spot Programme.
“These projects will improve safety and reduce congestion at two problematic intersections—one where Messines Ridge Road meets Gaza Road and the other further south where Messines Ridge Road meets the South East Freeway on-ramp,” Mr Fletcher said.
“This is another example of the Australian Government's long-term commitment to reducing the risk of crashes and delivering safe, quality roads and highways across the country.
“To deliver safer roads and boost construction activity for economic growth, the Australian Government will almost triple funding to $160 million a year for the Black Spot Programme in 2015–16 and 2016–17.”
Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta said that in recent years both intersections had recorded high crash rates.
“Combined together, these intersections have seen 26 crashes causing injury between 2006 and 2010,” Mr Vasta said.
“Black Spots Programme funding of $1.025 million is being provided for the Gaza Road-Messines Ridge Road intersection upgrade with a further $678,000 being spent on the Messines Ridge Road-South East Arterial road ramp intersection upgrade.”
Brisbane City Council Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the project would reduce conflicts between vehicles travelling along Messines Ridge Road and those entering or exiting the intersections.
“Council will install traffic signals at the junction of Messines Ridge Road and the Freeway on-ramp and widen Messines Ridge Road between the new traffic signals and the existing traffic lights on Gaza Road to provide for additional traffic lanes,” Cr Schrinner said.
“Widening works will also allow for new bike lanes to be installed northbound and southbound along Messines Ridge Road, creating a safer environment for cyclists.”
Works will take place from 8pm to 5am, Sunday to Thursday.
For more information about black spot intersection upgrades visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or
phone Council on 3403 8888.