New intersection provides safer passage through Hidden Valley

Media Release

DC232/2016

16 December 2016

Joint release with:

Bill Ludwig

Livingstone Shire Council Mayor

Michelle Landry

Federal Member for Capricornia

  • Hidden Valley Road intersection upgraded to reduce the risk of serious injuries and accidents
  • $958,000 upgrade part of the Australian Government Black Spot Programme

Works are complete on upgrading a notoriously dangerous intersection at Hidden Valley and Yeppoon-Rockhampton Road making the journey safer for motorists travelling to and from Hidden Valley.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the $958,000 upgrade was fully funded through the Australian Government's Black Spot Programme, one of the many initiatives in place to improve road safety and reduce road trauma.

“Road crashes have claimed 1,271 lives over the previous 12 months, an increase of 5.2 per cent compared to the same time last year. This is simply unacceptable,” Mr Chester said.

“Upgrading known black spots such as the intersection on Hidden Valley Road will reduce the chance of road accidents and ensure more people arrive to their destinations safely.”

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said she was delighted to see the upgrade complete, with the intersection a long standing issue in the community.

“This intersection has seen two injury crashes in the five years to 2012. The upgrade was undertaken in two stages, the first stage involved extending Hoskyn Drive to Hidden Valley Road with works completed in October 2016,” Ms Landry said.

“The second stage involved the recent upgrade of the notoriously dangerous Hidden Valley Road turn off onto Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road, improving road safety by reducing the number and severity of collisions at this intersection.”

In commending the Federal Government on their partnership support for this project, Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Bill Ludwig said the community feedback had overwhelmingly endorsed council's commitment to working with all levels of government to continuously improve road safety.

“Projects like these, which help keep our communities safe, are the greatest investment that Governments at all levels can make,” Mayor Ludwig said.

“The Australian Government has worked closely with Council in delivering this much needed piece of infrastructure and addressing dangerous Black Spot areas, and I'd like to thank the Minister and local member Michelle Landry in particular for their contributions.

“The project will now provide a higher level of safety and reduce the risk of serious injury or accidents for users of Hidden Valley Road.

“Michelle Landry should be commended on her continued efforts to ensure important issues like this are well represented at a federal level on behalf of this community,” Mayor Ludwig said.

More information on the Black Spot Programme is available at investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/.