Construction has started on major safety improvements along a high priority section of Glass House Mountains Road (known as Steve Irwin Way) in Queensland, between Beerwah and Landsborough.
The works are part of a $24 million project funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 basis.
Steve Irwin Way is a strategic link that provides access to popular tourist destinations in South-East Queensland and the local towns of Beerburrum, Glass House Mountains, Beerwah, Landsborough and Palmview.
The project will widen the existing road, install a wide centre line to separate opposing traffic flows, provide right-turn lanes at three intersections, install new traffic signals at Fraser Road and remove roadside hazards.
New right-turn lanes at Isambert Road, Graham Drive and the maintenance shed entrance north of Irwin Road will help improve safety and traffic flow as cars will be able to wait in the turning lane while through vehicles continue driving past.
The new traffic signals at the Fraser Road intersection will also allow for safer turns, especially during peak hours when it can be difficult to judge safe gaps in traffic.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the project was an important part of Queensland’s economic recovery from COVID-19.
“This important project will improve safety and efficiency for locals, while creating about 58 jobs in the region at an important time,” Mr Bailey said.
“We are delivering nearly $3 billion in the North Coast region over the next four years, as part of our record $27.5 billion road and transport plan.
“Not only will this major upgrade improve safety for drivers, but we’ll be creating a safer experience for bike riders through the area.”
Early works on the project began in November last year and construction is expected to be completed in late 2022, weather and construction conditions permitting.
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