First look at Eatons Crossing Road safety plans

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Proposed designs for safety upgrades on Eatons Crossing Road have been released.

Member for Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd says the proposals are part of the first package of a $57 million upgrade project on Eatons Crossing Rd and Mount Samson Rd expected to start in 2022.

"The proposed design for the first package of works covers the stretch of road from Queen Elizabeth Dve to Cedar Creek," Ms Boyd says.

"The design includes new right-turn lanes at Dawneta Court, Albion Rd, Lascelle Court and Boland Ave and a left-turn lane at Clear Mountain Rd.

Ms Boyd says the new lanes will allow for protected turns at every intersection, which will improve safety and traffic flow.

"Transport and Main Roads is also proposing to widen the Lilley Rd intersection to install traffic lights, a left-turn slip lane, two eastbound through lanes and a dedicated right-turn lane.

"Wide centre lines will also be added to provide greater separation between oncoming traffic, and create two-metre-wide shoulders, delivering more space for bike riders.”

Boost for cyclists

Ms Boyd says TMR will paint bike symbols along the road and install green, painted bike lanes at conflict points to improve driver awareness about bike riders.

"Residents and local businesses in our community will soon receive copies of the proposed design and can contact the project team to provide feedback," Ms Boyd says.

She says the project team has started design investigations, including environmental, geotechnical and traffic surveys, for a second package of works, which will cover the stretch of road from Cedar Creek at Draper to just north of Serendipity Dve.

“Improving safety for turning vehicles is a priority for that area, while other improvements we're investigating include wide centre line treatments, wider sealed shoulders, intersection road lighting, safety barriers and removing roadside hazards.

"We're hoping to share proposed designs for Package B with the community later this year.”

Ms Boyd says the upgrade will improve safety and congestion as well as supporting about 46 jobs when work starts.

“That’s good for some of our local businesses, because we’ll have workers here spending locally once the works get underway towards the end of next year.”

The final designs for both packages of works on the $57 million project are expected to be completed early in 2022, with works to start late 2022, weather and construction scheduling permitting.

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