A roundabout way to safety in Litchfield

Media Release

WT314/2015

01 October 2015

Joint release with:

Natasha Griggs

Federal Member for Solomon

A major improvement to safety has been rounded-off in Litchfield with the completion of a new roundabout and pedestrian works at the intersection of Girraween and Anglesey Roads.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government had contributed $2.25 million to the intersection, with $1.4 million coming from the flagship Roads to Recovery programme.

“The Roads to Recovery programme is a crucial partnership between Australian Government and local governments delivering safer roads for all motorists,” Mr Truss said.

“This particular project has involved the construction of a roundabout at a heavily used intersection, which will help cater for increased traffic due to population growth in the Girraween area and the future development of the Hicks Road link.”

Councils in the seat of Solomon are benefiting from even more funding for road projects this financial year, with a 25 per cent increase in Roads to Recovery funding delivering $4.48 million to local projects.

Federal Member for Solomon Natasha Griggs officially opened the single-lane roundabout today and highlighted the importance of the project.

“A roundabout might not seem like a big deal, but this is a big safety improvement at a site which has claimed lives,” Mrs Griggs.

“Overhead power lines along Girraween Road have been relocated, street lighting has been installed to improve vision at night and a new, shared path for bicycles and pedestrians was also built to help people to safely cross the intersection.

“Local students from nearby Girraween Primary School have already been making use of the new bike paths and pedestrian crossing and are extremely happy with the new setup.”

The intersection has been fully funded through the Australian Government Roads to Recovery and Black Spot Programmes.