Safety improvements start on Bundaberg-Gin Gin Road

Road work is underway on Bundaberg-Gin Gin Road to improve safety in the area.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is currently upgrading Bundaberg-Gin Gin Road between the Bingera Siding Road and west of the Kent Tobin Court intersections. The works will provide a major safety boost when construction is finished later year. It comes after the Queensland Government allocated £6.3 million under the Targeted Road Safety Program.

The program provides funding for locations with known fatal and serious injury crashes. It's welcome news for Bundaberg Regional Council's divisional representative, Cr Wayne Honor, who said the section of road had long been a problem for crashes. He said he had been campaigning for upgrades over many years.

"The Bundaberg-Gin Gin Road is a very long section of road and sadly it has been subject to a number of serious and sometimes fatal crashes," he said. "In August last year the same works were applied to improve safety along Tirroan Road in Gin Gin, which I was very thankful for. "I am pleased to see the government continuing their work to help reduce these tragedies from happening in our region."

Feedback needed on Bundaberg-Gin Gin Road

A section of the road, which runs through the South Kolan township, will be worked on in stages over the coming months.

According to the Department of Transport and Main Roads, detailed design for upgrades through South Kolan are currently under way with feedback being sought on two options for the proposed layout. "The first and preferred option is to retain the 80kmh speed limit (with 60kmh school zone), however, a reduced 60km/h speed limit between east of the Mill Street intersection and west of the Hill End/Birthamba Roads intersection is also being considered," a TMR spokesperson said. "Should the 80kmh speed limit option be implemented, the standard dedicated right turn lane at Hill End Road will be longer with the pedestrian crossing and new bus stop located further west."

TMR is seeking feedback on this design which can be provided by phoning 1300 728 390  or by emailing [email protected].

Comments are sought by 29 February 2020.

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