Bribie Rd upgrade: Stage one done

Bribie Rd upgrade: Stage 1 done, Stage 2 started

Congestion is easing on the Caboolture-Bribie Island Rd with stage one of a major upgrade finished.

The Old Toorbul Point Rd intersection has been transformed with $30.4 million government funding ($20m Federal, $10.4m State).

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said it was the first stage of a Bribie Island Rd Upgrade Strategy.

“This project delivered new traffic signals, extra through lanes and dedicated turning lanes to make journeys safer and easier for motorists,” he said.

New signals

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the upgrade would improve safety and efficiency, particularly those using Old Toorbul Point Rd.

There are also new signals, on-road bike lanes, a signalised pedestrian crossing, bus stopping bays on both sides and a new U-turn.

Abbey Museum of Art and Archeology Director Edith Cuffe was delighted: "Previously it was extremely difficult to get out of Old Toorbul Point Rd.

"If there was an event happening at Bribie Island, you literally could not turn right here because it was just so difficult to get across the road safely.

Design work

"You often had to rely on the goodness of people slowing down on Bribie Island Rd to let you get out.

"(The upgrade) has been a great advantage to everyone who comes up this road whether it’s to St Michael’s College or to the Museum."

Federal Member for Longman Terry Young said duplicating lanes from Old Toorbul Point Rd to Saint Rd and signalising Volz Rd intersection was next. Design work will start soon.

“Whether people are travelling to or from the island, doing the school run into St Michael’s College, visiting the Abbey Museum or just passing through, motorists will now have a safer and more efficient journey,” Mr Young said.

Safer journey

State Member for Pumicestone Ali King urged road users and residents to have their say on the next stage of a road used by more than 48,000 drivers a day.

“These drivers know best when it comes to what they want to see along the stretch,” Ms King said. “That’s why we want to hear your thoughts on this project and future planning.”

It is part of a broader joint $58.35 million plan to upgrade the Caboolture-Bribie Island road.

Bridge work

Design work on a $3 million Regina Avenue intersection upgrade design started in May.

Planning has started for the $20.95 million duplication between Hickey Rd to just west of King Johns Creek

$4 million is to finalise planning and start preliminary design for a new Bribie Island bridge.

A $3.4m rehabilitation and resurfacing on 3.4kms from Peel Rd to Bestmann Rd (West) roundabout, Ningi was completed in June.

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