The Queensland Government has called for tenders to deliver a $2.75 million project to improve safety at the Pine and Delacy intersection in North Ipswich.
The safety improvement works will include:
- maintaining the free left hand turn from Delacy Street into Pine Street
- installation of new chevrons and line marking
- installation of pedestrian crossings at the signals
- removal of vegetation and some drainage improvements
Queensland Main Roads and Road Safety Minister, Mark Bailey said the site had a high crash history and the government is making providing a safer intersection for motorists and pedestrians a priority.
“There have been 41 reported crashes between 2007 and 2012 at this intersection, which included 26 people being injured – so this upgrade needed to happen,” Mr Bailey said.
“We are focusing on improving safety at the intersection for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists by installing traffic signals.”
Ipswich West MP, Jim Madden, said far too many preventable crashes had happened at the intersection, which was used by about 11,000 drivers daily.
“As well as increasing safety, these works will also improve local network access to important tourist destinations such as the Workshops Rail Museum on the Cobb and Co. Tourist Route,” Mr Madden said.
“Tenders for construction have now been called and residents directly impacted by the works will be contacted by the end of 2016.
“The community will also be given the opportunity to provide feedback on the final design.
Construction is due to begin in early 2017 and the project is scheduled to be completed in mid-2017.
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