Crossing the road on Goodwin Drive, Bongaree, near the Bribie Island shopping centre, is to be made significantly safer with the Morrison Government’s investment of $472,000 on a major pedestrian crossing upgrade under the Federal Black Spot Program. Work will be carried out in the 2021-22 financial year.
A new signalised pedestrian crossing will replace the existing zebra crossing and will involve decreasing the crossing distance by installing kerb buildouts and narrowing the centre median. The new traffic signals will include push button activation with pedestrian count-down timers, advance warning signage and flashing lights.
There is a history of rear-end crashes at this intersection as well as pedestrians being hit where vehicles travelling on Goodwin Drive failed to give way. Road crashes place major emotional and economic strains on all affected communities but particularly the families and friends of the victims.
Federal Member for Longman, Terry Young, said that Moreton Bay Regional Council had nominated this crossing for blackspot funding in early 2020 and he’s pleased to see it delivered under the Federal 2021–22 Black Spot funding round.
The Federal Government has committed $1.1 billion to the program from 2013–14 to 2023–24 to improve road safety across the nation and Community input is critical to identifying key black spots in Longman.
For more information on the program, or to nominate a black spot, visit www.investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots.