Min­is­ter con­firms round­about start date

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

THE State Gov­ern­ment has con­firmed what many al­ready knew, that work will com­mence on a round­about south of Stan­thorpe im­mi­nently.

Works to build the $5.4 mil­lion round­about at the south­ern in­ter­sec­tion of New Eng­land High­way and Wal­lan­garra Rd will soon be un­der way, ac­cord­ing to Trans­port and Main Roads Min­is­ter Mark Bailey.

Mr Bailey said mo­torists trav­el­ling through Stan­thorpe would be bet­ter off thanks to the project.

“Safety is the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment’s num­ber one pri­or­ity, and we were con­cerned af­ter see­ing the crash data from this lo­ca­tion,” Mr Bailey said.

“We have been work­ing closely with the com­mu­nity to find a so­lu­tion which im­proves safety for all mo­torists.

“As a re­sult of those dis­cus­sions, we com­mit­ted $5.4 mil­lion un­der our Tar­geted Road Safety pro­gram to de­sign and build a new round­about,” Mr Bailey said.

“The round­about will make this in­ter­sec­tion safer for mo­torists en­ter­ing and ex­it­ing the high­way, de­liv­er­ing a safer New Eng­land High­way for the Gran­ite Belt com­mu­nity.”

Mr Bailey said pre­lim­i­nary works were ex­pected to be­gin within the next week in prepa­ra­tion for full con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity from July on­wards.

“Pre­lim­i­nary works in­clude road widen­ing, clear­ing, and drainage works,” Mr Bailey said.

“Some changed road con­di­tions will be in place while works are tak­ing place.

“We urge mo­torists to ob­serve all signs and drive with cau­tion around the work site.”

Mr Bai­ley­said an av­er­age of 10 jobs would be sup­ported over the life of the project.

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