The upgraded Drayton Road/West Street intersection in Toowoomba this week opened to traffic in all directions.
Toowoomba Regional Council Deputy Mayor and Infrastructure Services Committee chair Cr Carol Taylor said Council was pleased Ergon had completed the final electrical work to allow the new traffic signals to operate before Christmas.
“Council will oversee the final asphalt overlay and work to finish concrete islands at the start of 2018,” Cr Taylor said.
“This work will require some road closures before the entire project is completed.
“The $1.8 million project has involved extensive and complex service relocations and upgrades plus improvements to intersection drainage.
“This work required the separation of traffic flows along these streets in order to allow work to proceed safely and as quickly as possible.
“The end result is a vastly upgraded and far safer road configuration along these busy streets. The work not only improves traffic flow, but offers safer crossings and thoroughfares for pedestrians and cyclists.
“This intersection was one of three projects which was successful in obtaining Australian Government Black Spot funding, which allocates money to projects that will serve to reduce the incidence and severity of road crashes.
“The federal government’s Black Spot funding in this allocation of $4.3 million has also allowed for upgrades at 4AK Road at Oakey, plus the Kingsthorpe-Haden Road and Yalangur-Lilyvale Road Intersection upgrade at Kingsthorpe.
“All of these projects will improve traffic conditions in these areas.
“The other important factor in road safety is driver attention and behaviour.
“Please remember to drive to the conditions, especially in the busy Christmas holiday season.
“Road safety never takes a holiday. I remind motorists and all road users to remember all the normal safety precautions: don’t drink and drive or drive under the influence of drugs, don’t speed, avoid driving when tired, always wear a seat belt and don’t text or use a phone or other device.
“Observing these simple messages is vital to ensure you, your family, friends and other motorists enjoy a safe holiday break.”