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16 February, 2022

Westbrook residents want main road safety improvements

Community consultation conducted by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has found Westbrook residents would like a wide range of safety improvements for Toowoomba-Athol Road.

Residents recognised a new turning lane off Toowoomba-Athol Road onto Westbrook Road (on the right-side of the photo) would improve safety.

In 2021, the community was invited to have its say on the safety of the Gore Highway and Toowoomba-Athol Road between Wyreema-Athol Road and James Street.

Community consultation was conducted online using an interactive social mapping tool and concluded on 31 March.

A Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said motorists identified key sections and intersections that could be upgraded to improve safety, including additional lanes for turning, overtaking and merging. 

Around Westbrook, this planning project proposes to improve:

  • The Toowoomba-Athol and Boundary roads intersection with a new median and updated line marking.
  • The Toowoomba-Athol and Ferguson roads intersection with new signs.
  • The Toowoomba-Athol and Westbrook roads intersection with a new turning lane.
  • Roadside hazard removal/protection through the area.

The community feedback was included in a business case that was completed in December 2021.

The business case will be used to seek funding for further development and construction of low-cost, high-benefit, safety improvements including signs, line marking, road widening and turning lanes.

The Queensland Government committed $400,000 through the Transport System Planning Program to develop the business case.

“While there is currently no time frame for delivery of these improvements, the work completed to date means the project will be able to progress quickly if funded for construction,” the spokesperson said.

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