PLANNING is underway to upgrade the Booral Road and Boundary Road intersection in Urangan with a traffic circle.
Member for Hervey Bay Adrian Tantari said the planning would help determine the requirements for funding and construction.
“We take factors into consideration, including current and projected traffic volumes, surrounding infrastructure and upgrades and safety records,” Mr Tantari said.
“This work helps with identifying the most appropriate treatment option and the cost estimates for constructing upgrades.
“As part of our planning, we want to hear from the community about the proposed treatment option.
“A design layout is being provided to directly impacted stakeholders over the coming weeks.”
Assistant Regional Roads Minister Bruce Saunders said the proposed upgrade would include installing a roundabout at the intersection as a way of controlling the movement of vehicles through the intersection and to keep traffic flowing.
“Additional traffic lanes and dedicated turning lanes are also part of the proposed plan and will address increasing traffic volumes at the intersection.
“Pedestrian and bike facilities will also be improved, with signalised crossings and shared pathways included in the design.
“We’ve also just locked in $44.1-million of funding to upgrade the Pialba – Burrum Heads Road and Maryborough – Hervey Bay Road intersection, with planning on that to get underway soon.
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“It means a pipeline of road upgrades are on the way across the Wide Bay region.
“These projects support the Queensland Government to deliver a $27.5-billion roads and transport plan over the next four years which is creating 24,000 jobs and driving Queensland economic recovery from COVID-19.”
Mr Tantari said safety is a top priority outcome for this upgrade which is why the Walkers Road access onto Boundary Road is being closed.
“A cul-de-sac will be installed at the end of Walkers Road and access to Booral Road will be available via Senorita Parade,” he said.
“We understand this impacts residents and community groups in the area so we encourage everyone to make the most of this consultation period to discuss the intersection needs with them.
“The decision to close Walkers Road is not one we are taking lightly, however, with the projected increase in traffic on Boundary Road and the close proximity of Walkers Road to the intersection, closing the road is required for motorist safety.”
For more information about planning for the Booral Road and Boundary Road intersection, contact the communication team in Bundaberg on 1300 728 390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.