Federal Govt fixes road black spots in Rockhampton region

Driving instructor Leyland Barnett. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Driving instructor Leyland Barnett. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

IF anyone saw Neil Fisher jumping for joy yesterday, he had a pretty good explanation.

The Rockhampton Regional Councillor had just found out about more than $1 million of funding from the Federal Government to fix Rockhampton's worst road black spots.

The $1.165m will go towards the intersections at Kent and Denham streets, Thozet and Rockonia roads and Fitzroy and East streets.

Cr Fisher was pleased to find out there would be traffic lights and pedestrian crossings installed at Thozet and Rockonia roads.

He said this intersection had a long history of serious accidents, although luckily there had been no fatalities.

"It will make a massive difference to the Koongal community," Cr Fisher said.

He said he phoned Capricornia MP Michelle Landry immediately to thank her for addressing the issue.

Readers thoughts on worst intersections in the region:

"Anything that can help reduce the risk is always going to be seen as a positive," Cr Fisher said.

Ms Landry said in a statement the three intersections were recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts.

She said investment in fixing black spots would save lives and deliver safer roads.

Local driving instructor Leyland Barnett said he was glad to hear improvements would be made to infrastructure to keep up with Rockhampton's growing population.

But Leyland said changes to intersections could have unforeseen consequences.

"Roundabouts are good if they're utilised properly by motorists," he said.

He said he hoped the intersection at Fitzroy St and Gladstone Rd would be one the government considered making safer in the future.

Above all, Leyland said driver safety would be improved by greater education.

Black spot fix

  • Kent and Denham streets: $850,000 for the installation of a single lane roundabout
  • Thozet and Rockonia roads: $260,000 for the installation of traffic lights and pedestrian crossing facilities
  • Fitzroy and East streets: $55,000 to relocate a pedestrian crossing further north and provide kerb extensions, additional lighting and a median strip
  • The projects will be delivered in the 2014-15 financial year
  • Suggest an intersection or stretch of road which should be considered for further black spot safety upgrades by visiting funding/blackspots/

Topics:  black spot federal government intersections roads traffic

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