MOTORISTS out Haigslea way are rejoicing after the completion of a key piece of road infrastructure on a notorious intersection of the Warrego Highway.
They are not the only ones either, with parents of children who attend Haigslea State School also benefiting from the $5.7million upgrade to the Warrego Hwy intersection with Claus and Haigslea-Malabar roads.
Key cross-highway traffic movements have been removed at the intersection which includes:
- The right turn from Claus Rd onto the Warrego Hwy (north to west)
- The cross highway movements at Claus Rd
- The right turn from the Warrego Hwy onto Claus Rd (south).
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the project would benefit more than 20,000 road users including Haigslea residents, freight operators and tourists who travel the major route daily.
"The new right-turn acceleration lane will help drivers travelling from Haigslea-Malabar Rd merge safely onto the highway," he said.
Ipswich West MP Jim Madden welcomed the upgrade, which has also created 18 direct jobs.
"The problem was traffic being able to cross from Claus Rd to Haigslea-Malabar Rd so we have put a traffic island there and made it safer now so you can't drive across the highway," Mr Madden said.
"We have also stopped right hand turns for traffic coming out of Claus Rd onto the highway.
"This is a much safer way for the trucks from Mt Marrow mines to get onto the highway and off the highway. Now when they come onto the highway they have 200m of slip lane that they can drive along to merge with the traffic."
The upgrade includes a new bus turnaround at Haigslea State School, along with new concrete medians, better signage, guardrail, lighting and line markings.
"The children at the bus stop previously had to crawl through a culvert under the highway to get to their bus stop on the other side," Mr Madden said.
"But this bus turnaround means they will have a bus stop in their side of the highway now.
"It is really good for parents having to drop children off because there is a much bigger area for them to park cars."
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