Traffic on rise for busy road
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.