Queensland Labor pledges $40m to improve road safety

Labor has promised an extra $40 million to improve the safety of Queensland's roads.

Premier Anna Bligh said the money would fund 95 road upgrade projects, including known black spots, if Labor was re-elected this month.
 
"This program is about ensuring funding was spent where it would make the greatest difference," she said in a statement on Tuesday.
 
She said the new projects were in addition to 632 that had been approved since 2005-06.
 
The new projects include $2.4 million to protect bridge piers and abutments with guard rails at nine locations along the Bruce Highway.
 
There'll also be $2.2 million to widen the road and provide sealed shoulders for cyclists on Elliott Heads Road, at Bundaberg.
 
Some $3 million will be spent on two projects to upgrade the Steve Irwin Way, Landsborough Maleny Road and Hardwood Road intersection at Landsborough, and upgrade the Mooloolaba Road, Pacific Terrace intersection at Mooloolaba.
 
"All 95 projects are critical - focusing directly on road safety measures that target known and potential crash locations and about half of this funding is for rural and regional areas of Queensland," Bligh said.

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