Monday, April 22, 2024

Safety first for crash-prone Toowoomba intersection

Road safety has been improved with the opening of a major upgrade of the Margaret and Mackenzie Streets intersection in East Toowoomba.

Toowoomba Regional Council Infrastructure Services Group General Manager, Mike Brady said the installation of traffic signals and new crossings would benefit motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

“The intersection of Margaret and Mackenzie Streets was successful in receiving Australian Government Black Spot funding due to a significant crash history in the five-year period to 30 June 2020,” he said.

“There were eight crashes, three of which resulted in hospitalised casualties. Two of these crashes involved cyclists.

“In the period between the project submission and the time of construction there was another hospitalisation crash which involved a cyclist.

“With a number of schools, medical providers and businesses in the area, providing signalised pedestrian crossings at each leg of the intersection is a vital safety improvement for our community,” Mr Brady said.

The project also widened the southern section of Mackenzie Street, upgraded kerb and channel and installed designated bicycle awareness zones to encourage drivers to be alert to cyclists and exercise caution.   

“Green bike lanes will be painted along Margaret Street in March 2024. These final works will be completed to give new asphalt installed at the intersection time to cure before paint is applied. Final Ergon works are also panned to be completed shortly,” said Mr Brady.

The project was funded under the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program, which aims to reduce the risk of crashes. 

“Council is committed to improving safety for all road users and thanks the Australian Government for providing project funding.”

“Council appreciates the impacts that construction projects can have on residents, businesses and the wider community.

“Council would like to thank the community, especially local residents for their co-operation and patience during these works,” Mr Brady said.

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