Safer Intersection Just Around the Bend Thanks to Roundabout Designs
Following the finalisation of design works – Tenders are now being called for the $14.36 million safety upgrade of the Bruce Highway and Sarina Coast Road intersection, in Sarina. The Sarina Northern Access Upgrade project is one part of the Federal Government’s $10 billion investment to the Bruce Highway. The Federal Government has committed to investing in roads through rural and regional Australia to reduce traffic, improve safety and boost productivity.
The main road through Sarina can experience high traffic volumes. As such, a new dual-lane roundabout at Sarina Beach Road and the rehabilitation of the pavement on the immediate approaches will reduce congestion and travel times, particularly during peak periods, on both the highway and side roads. The project will significantly improve the safety, flood resilience, reliability and efficiency of the Bruce Highway and Sarina’s road network well into the future.
The project will include the duplication of the existing Bruce Highway on the approaches and departures to the upgraded intersection with a 4-lane, median separated carriageway within the existing road reserve. The roundabout and new approaches will provide a safer alternative for drivers, helping to reduce potential conflicts – including rear-end crashes – between vehicles turning in and out of Sarina Coast Road. The resulting improvement in traffic flows will also reduce travel times, contributing to a more efficient Bruce Highway.
The project would support heavy vehicles turning to and from the Bruce Highway and as residential, commercial and industrial development continues in the surrounding area, the upgraded intersection would cater for predicted increasing traffic volumes
The roundabout will help reduce the speed of southbound traffic by acting as a physical transition point between the highway and the township where the speed limit decreases. Other safety improvements will include better access to private properties through a service road and U-turn facilities to allow for left-in and left-out movements only. Further, an average of 32 jobs is expected to be supported over the life of the project and construction is scheduled to start in early 2019 and is expected to finish in early 2020, weather permitting.
The Australian Government has committed $11.49 million towards the Bruce Highway – Sarina Northern Access Upgrade with the Queensland Government committing a further $2.87 million.
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