Fernvale town centre books $1.5 mil road upgrade

The Palaszczuk Government has announced a $1.56 million upgrade for Fernvale’s main street.

Member for Ipswich West Jim Madden said the upgrade would include rolling out the red pavement for a new township entry treatment (TET) on the southern end, dedicated right turn lanes at key intersections and new pedestrian refuges.

“Main Street and Fernvale sit in the heart of the Brisbane Valley Highway and have become a popular destination for locals, tourists and day-trippers visiting the region,” Mr Madden said.

“It’s a welcome project for both locals and visitors that will improve safety and allow pedestrians to safely navigate between shops on either side of the road.”

Mr Madden said the upgrade will also include reducing the main street’s speed limit from 60km/h to 50km/h.

“When fully built, the community will benefit from a new township entry treatment to provide a highly visible cue for motorists to slow down,” Mr Madden said.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said township entry treatments were already proving a success throughout local communities in Queensland, enhancing driver awareness and reducing vehicle speeds, and detailed design would begin in coming months.

“There are now more than 20 towns across the sunshine state with TET, and this announcement complements new entry treatments being delivered by the Palaszczuk Government through our Targeted Road Safety program,” Mr Bailey said.

“It’s innovative projects like this that ensure we are getting locals home safely and tourists safely to their destination.”

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