A busy intersection in Moreton Bay is set to undergo a congestion busting multimillion upgrade.
Councillor for Division 3 Adam Hain said the $4.59million upgrade at the intersection of Walkers Road and Oakey Flat Road will improve traffic flows for locals and businesses alike.
“This is a major pinch point at peak hour with a Bunnings, major 7-Eleven and the Morayfield train station all located close to that intersection, as well as major shopping precincts to both the north and south along Morayfield Road,” he said.
“By increasing the capacity of the intersection by adding more traffic lanes and upgrading the traffic signals we will be creating more opportunities for motorists to travel around the area with greater comfort and with more people moving to our region this upgrade will pay dividends into the future with a reliable road network.
“Currently more than 24,000 vehicles pass through this intersection each day at the intersection of Walkers Road and Oakey Flat Road and that figure will most likely double by 2031, so this upgrade will really make a big difference to their travel and reduce delays
“We’re also providing active transport options to get more cars off local roads and encourage residents to cycle or walk for shorter journeys where possible.”
As part of the works, drainage in the area will be upgraded to mitigate against flooding, footpaths will be installed on each side of Oakey Flat Road and new bicycle lanes will be constructed to provide greater safety for cyclists.
Councillor for Division 12 Adrian Raedel encouraged residents to heed the safety advice of construction crews and signage.
“Road safety is a priority for this council and these works will address important maintenance and road safety issues ensuring our community can get around our region safely,” he says.
“Division 12 is home to plenty of sporting events attracting tens of thousands of tourists and locals each year, so it is vital that we have a safe and reliable local road network to make sure local residents can get around our area safely and with ease.
“I’m proud to be part of a Council that is investing a mammoth $109.5 million towards Moreton Bay’s roads and transport networks in 2018/19,” he said.
The intersection upgrade is scheduled to commence in February and will take about six months to complete - weather permitting.