Burdekin Street and Ross River Road intersection to receive safety upgrade
The intersection of Burdekin Street and Ross River Road in Mundingburra will receive a safety upgrade as part of the latest round of funding through the Road Safety Program.
The location had been identified as posing a danger for pedestrians, so a new crossing will be installed at the traffic lights.
The funding will be subject to the “use it or lose it” provisions which require States and Territories to use their allocated funds within a timeframe, or those funds can be reallocated to projects in other regions.
Herbert MP Phillip Thompson said he hoped the State Government would ensure the project was finished by the June 30 deadline.
“This is a fantastic announcement for our city. Anything which boosts road safety and minimises the risks for both drivers and pedestrians is a good thing,” he said.
“We know that we have had a number of tragic crashes involving pedestrians on Ross River Road in recent years and if this work helps prevent just one crash, it’s worth it.
“There is nothing more important than safety. Anyone who leaves home in the morning should be able to return safely at night.”
Mr Thompson said it was important that work began as soon as possible to not only increase safety but also provide the biggest possible boost to the local economy.
“One of the main reasons we announced this funding as part of last year’s budget – second to the safety aspect – was to create jobs,” he said.
“This program will be supporting around 950 jobs across Queensland which is so important as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The last thing we need to see is delays and that’s why we have put this deadline in place.”
The total funding allocated for the project is $2.2 million with $1.76 million coming from the Federal Government, and $440,000 committed by the State.