Funds for road safety improvements for the Sunshine Motorway between Mooloolaba and Peregian have been allocated in the State Government budget, Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said today.
The Transport Minister has allocated funds in this year’s budget to commence planning for this $510,000 project. Safety measures will include centre median treatments, reduced lane width and a reduced speed limit as part of the Safer Roads Sooner Program.
The SRS program delivers low-cost, high-benefit road safety improvements at high-crash locations.
The Department for Transport and Main Roads is investigating options for fast-tracking delivery of this project ahead of the scheduled timeframe of installation in 2014-15.
Ms Simpson said the audible tactile line markings, together with wider painted chevrons and the lower speed limit would help save lives.
“I’m pleased that the new Transport Minister has listened to my request for action on road safety in this area,” Ms Simpson said.
“Ultimately the answer will be a major road duplication but in the meantime a relatively simple upgrade with “rumble strips” and wider marked separation between the two carriageways and a lower speed limit will dramatically improve driver compliance,” Ms Simpson said.