Deagon residents will benefit from a $2 million upgrade to signalise the intersection of Braun and Biarra Street to compliment to the finalisation of the Gateway Upgrade North project.
Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, it was a positive outcome for Deagon locals, after having led a community campaign calling upon the State Government to fund the intersection.
“As part of the removal of the Sandgate Road on ramp, there was a strong likelihood the right hand turn option from Biarra street would be removed”, Mr Hinchliffe said.
“I made it clear that any plan to remove the right hand turn provision from Biarra Street was not in the best interests of the Deagon Community.
“The only alternative was to install a signalised intersection.
“That’s why over the past month, I have been engaging with Deagon locals by asking them to sign a petition, which was tabled in Parliament, calling for a consolidation of the current signalised pedestrian crossing on Braun Street into a signalised intersection at Biarra Street.
“Together, backed by strong community support, we have won an outcome which will allow for the continuation of a right hand turn provision on Braun Street as a compliment to the finalisation of the Gateway Upgrade North Project”.
Mr Hinchliffe also said the design will include the relocating of the pedestrian crossing from Burralong Street to Biarra Street, and the installation of a u-turn provision, to maintain access to local businesses.
“The design is almost complete and will move into procurement and construction, with the aim to complete the intersection upgrade by the end of the year”, Mr Hinchliffe said.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said concerns had been raised about access to and from the residential precinct west of Braun Street.
“We are aware traffic volumes will increase over time which will make moving into and out of this neighbourhood more difficult,” Mr Bailey said.
“This has been supported by community comment, particularly with the Gateway Upgrade North project under construction in the area.”
Transport and Main Roads will liaise with the community providing updates on the progress of the project in the coming months.