Queensland road safety projects will be fast-tracked with a $174.7 million package to enable almost 50 more upgrades to be completed in the next 12 months.
The announcement builds on $296.25 million in joint funding announced in January this year to accelerate the delivery of almost 100 Queensland road safety projects.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said one life lost on Australian roads is one too many.
“That’s why the Australian Government has committed $3 billion for the nationwide Road Safety Program,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“The funding supports the fast roll-out of life-saving safety works on rural and regional roads, and is another example of the Australian Government working to reduce the number of Australians missing around the dinner table due to tragedies on our roads.”
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the additional funding was part of the Palaszczuk Government’s plan to tackle road safety, while creating more jobs.
“We now have almost $475 million in joint funding announced since the start of the year being rolled out across the state for almost 140 projects, with construction works fast-tracked to provide investment certainty and job security in communities across the state,” Mr Bailey said.
“The Palaszczuk Government will be delivering better rest facilities, intersection upgrades, new barriers, extra street lighting and overtaking lanes, audio tactile line-marking and wide centre line treatments on high-risk roads across the state.”