Upgrade improves safety at Rasmussen intersection

Media Release

DC217/2016

07 December 2016

Joint release with:

Ian Macdonald

Senator for Queensland

Jenny Hill

Mayor of Townsville

  • Safety improved at intersection of Beck Drive and Gollogly Lane, one of Townsville's busiest roads
  • New roundabout, lighting, signage and cycling infrastructure improvements delivered
  • Works funded under Australian Government's Black Spot Programme, which invests in projects to drive down road trauma nationwide

Townsville's notorious Rasmussen intersection is now safer for all drivers, with upgrade works at the Beck Drive and Gollogly Lane T-section completed.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the works followed a history of serious crashes at the site and were funded under the Australian Government's Black Spot Programme.

“Road crashes claim more than 1,200 lives each year in addition to serious injuries. Fixing dangerous roads such as this intersection through our Black Spots programme is a big part of making our roads safer for all users,” Mr Chester said.

“This particular intersection has seen three injury crashes since in the last five years and I'm delighted to see this upgrade completed as we work toward a safer national road network.”

Senator Ian Macdonald said the $1.66 million project would help reduce the risk of crashes at the site, while also upgrading local road infrastructure.

“Beck Drive is one of the city's busiest roads, supporting 9,000 vehicles a day, and the risk was always there that drivers would take chances or misjudge the oncoming traffic and cause an accident,” Senator Macdonald said.

“The main problem at the intersection was drivers becoming frustrated when attempting to enter Beck Drive from Gollogly Lane. These works have seen the installation of a roundabout to improve traffic flow and safety for vehicles moving through the intersection, as well as upgraded lighting, signage and a new bicycle lane.”

Townsville Mayor Cr Jenny Hill said the project would go a long way to reducing the risk of accident at the site.

“The comprehensive upgrade at the intersection paid for under the Black Spot Programme will go a long way towards boosting safety, reducing crashes and saving lives,” Cr Hill said.

For more information on the Black Spot Programme, including eligibility criteria, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/.