Traf­fic on rise for busy road

Gatton Star - - LIFE - Nathan Greaves [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

THE Som­er­set coun­cil is seek­ing to pig­gy­back on a pro­posed SEQ City Deal to carry out a ma­jor safety up­grade of the Bris­bane Val­ley High­way.

Due to a steady rise in use, the high­way is no longer liv­ing up to stan­dards, ac­cord­ing to the Aus­troads Guide to Road De­sign.

Traf­fic on the Bris­bane Val­ley High­way in­creased by four per cent be­tween 2017 and 2018, and has con­tin­ued to rise since then.

On av­er­age, ev­ery sec­tion of the high­way is now car­ry­ing up­wards of 3000 ve­hi­cles daily, with a re­cent cen­sus in­di­cat­ing more than 10,000 ve­hi­cles cross­ing at the Ip­swich/som­er­set re­gion bound­ary.

Ac­cord­ing to guide­lines, roads with av­er­age traf­fic of 3000 ve­hi­cles a day should have 1.5-me­tre sealed shoul­der to aid with road safety.

How­ever much of the high­way has less.

Driv­ers on ru­ral roads with lit­tle or no sealed shoul­der have al­most dou­ble the risk of ac­ci­dents than on roads with sealed shoul­ders.

With a con­tin­ued in­crease in traf­fic, Som­er­set Re­gional Coun­cil is taking ad­van­tage of the SEQ City Deal plan to pur­sue an up­grade of the en­tire high­way.

At the re­cent Som­er­set Coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil­lors passed a unan­i­mous mo­tion to en­gage with en­gi­neers and draft a plan to es­tab­lish a sealed shoul­der along the en­tire length of the busy high­way. The up­grade would al­low the coun­cil to safely par­tic­i­pate in the plan to es­tab­lish an SEQ Trade and En­ter­prise Spin.

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