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Keeping drivers and road workers safe
23 July 2018
We are working hard on the upgrade to the Logan and Gateway motorways. Once completed, our upgrade will improve safety and reliability by making travel times more reliable – making it easier for you to get to where you want to go.
As we work towards this more efficient network, it has never been more important for drivers to be aware of the road conditions when travelling through work zones.
Historically, crash rates have been known to increase during roadwork periods more so than non-roadwork periods, and there are a number of reasons for this.
According to The Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety* – Queensland, impatience and distraction are contributing to increased speeds in roadwork zones, putting the lives of road workers in jeopardy. This usually occurs at the approach areas to construction sites with most drivers speeding into construction sites well after passing reduced speed limit signs.
Aside from ignoring signage, a number of drivers are speeding through work zones because they are being influenced by other vehicles on the road.
When driving through work zones, it can be easy to go with the flow of the traffic, especially if the driver behind you is tailgating. Remember, don’t follow the crowd, slow down and be proud.
It’s estimated that each year in Australia, at least 50 deaths and 750 injuries occur to workers and the public in worksite crashes, costing more than $400 million in damages . The easiest way to bring this statistic down is to obey the signs and be aware of workers, even when they may not be visible.
We are working on making a more efficient motorway network – and as such, we ask that all drivers concentrate on the signs in place and make sure they are aware of workers.
And it’s not just roadworkers that drivers need to be aware of. Roadside controls, such as roadside barriers, that are put in place to protect workers are designed based on reduced speed limits. To avoid an accident, it is important that you obey the reduced speed limits.
The responsibility isn’t just on drivers however. Our workers know that they need to be careful when they are working adjacent to or out on the road. They are vulnerable and know to practice care.
To best protect yourself and workers when travelling through a work zone, there are a number of key tips to keep in mind beyond checking for signage and workers:
- Always keep a safe distance, not just between your vehicle and others; but also with the changed road conditions, ensuring you keep clear of barriers, construction equipment and workers.
- Try not to be pressured by other vehicles and allow for a minimum two second gap of braking distance between you and the car in front. Stay alert, minimise distractions and be patient of other drivers.
- Expect the unexpected, especially in the dark or during poor weather. Low light and reduced visibility not only make it hard to read signage but can affect your ability to judge changed conditions.
- Stay focused on the road and do not be distracted by what works are being undertaken.
With these tips in mind, you can maximise your safety and that of other drivers and road workers. At the end of the day, everyone wants to get home safely, so remember to slow down, respect road workers and share the road.
*Debnath, Ashim Kumar, Blackman, Ross A., & Haworth, Narelle L. (2012). A review of the effectiveness of speed control measures in roadworksites. In Occupational Safety in Transport Conference, 20-21 September 2012, Crowne Plaza, Gold Coast, QLD. (http://eprints.qut.edu.au/54233/)
When we aren’t there – remember to be aware
12 July 2018
We’re working hard on the upgrade to your network. We’re urging drivers to keep aware of road workers, even when they may not be visible on the road.
While it’s great to see drivers slowing down when they can see road workers, many drivers are ignoring the reduced speed limits when workers are not visible.
The Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland, state that drivers will travel about 20% slower when they see workers than if they do not. I’m urging drivers that risks are still very much present, even when road workers may not be.
Even if they aren’t there, drivers still need to be aware. The road is changing every day and as such, look out for signage and make sure your journey is a safe one.
While drivers may think that an empty roadwork site during the day means that it will remain empty at night, this is rarely the case. The majority of roadworks on our motorways take place at night, and unfortunately we’re finding that drivers are speeding more after the sun goes down.
Speeding at night through work zones puts lives at risk – it’s that simple. While our workers wear hi-vis, speeding reduces the time to react. We want to make sure that everyone makes it home safe, so remember to follow reduced speed limits.
While road workers are typically out on the road at night – this doesn’t mean that risks don’t exist during times when they aren’t on site either.
It’s not just workers that drivers need to keep an eye out for – roadworks often mean changed conditions such as the narrowing of the road or shoulders. This can create an increased risk of a crash if reduced speed limits aren’t followed, so always remember to keep a safe distance between you and the car in front, slow down and be aware.
To ensure the safety of all drivers and road workers (even when they may not be immediately visible), there are a number of tips that drivers should keep in mind before buckling up.
Be aware of signage and keep at least a two second gap between yourself and the car ahead. Expect the unexpected – even when road workers aren’t around, there may be lane closures, or narrowed road or shoulder widths. Stay alert and avoid distractions.
We hope that you keep these tips in mind while we work to build a safer network. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the team.
10 July 2018
Motorists will soon receive welcome relief at the notorious Wembley Road choke point with the first of new ramps for Transurban Queensland’s $512 million Logan Enhancement Project expected to open later this month.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey inspected the finishing touches to westbound off-ramp to Wembley Road at the upgraded Logan Motorway and Wembley Road interchange this week before its opens to traffic.
“The Logan Enhancement Project will improve safety and deliver faster travel times for motorists using this important interchange,” Mr Bailey said.
State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said the project would support economic development in the region, including its growing freight and logistics industries.
“The Logan Enhancement Project will deliver economic benefits of around $1 billion over 30 years which will flow through to the wider south east Queensland community, including the 1,300 jobs supported over the life of the works,” Mr Dick said.
Member for Algester Leeanne Enoch said the new ramps would be longer and dual lane, better suiting the heavy vehicles entering and exiting the motorway from Berrinba’s growing freight and logistics industry.
“11,000 vehicles use the eastbound and westbound ramps every day to access Wembley Road and the existing ramps and bridge can no longer handle daily traffic demands,” Ms Enoch said.
“The new ramps will relieve pressure on Wembley Road, with the new Logan Motorway westbound on and off-ramps connecting to the upgraded Anderson Street.”
Member for Logan, Linus Power said a new, two-lane, southbound Wembley Road Bridge over the Logan Motorway was expected to open to traffic in October, with the existing bridge to be demolished soon after.
“Work can then start on the new two-lane northbound bridge to provide four-lanes for Wembley Road over the Logan Motorway,” Mr Power said.
Transurban Queensland Group Executive Sue Johnson thanked motorists for their patience during construction.
“It’s more than a year since we broke ground on the project and we are about a third of the way there,” Ms Johnson said.
“It’s fantastic to see construction progressing and the benefits of the project starting to be realised for our customers.”
Construction is scheduled for completion in mid-2019.
For more information about these works and the Logan Enhancement Project, please visit www.loganenhancementproject.com.au or at www.facebook.com/LoganEP.
June 2018 aerial footage
6 July 2018
Check out our progress – one year into major construction…
25 June 2018
It’s been one year since we broke ground on the project, and what a big year it has been.
Take a look at our progress
4 June 2018
The May 2018 aerial fly-through is now available.
31 May 2018
The first new off-ramp constructed as part of Transurban Queensland’s $512 million Logan Enhancement Project opened to traffic over the weekend.
Transurban Queensland Group Executive, Sue Johnson, said the opening of the Logan Motorway westbound off-ramp to Mt Lindesay Highway southbound was a great milestone for the project.
“I have been really impressed with the project’s pace since major construction started in mid-2017, and it’s great to see the benefits starting to be realised with the opening of this new off-ramp,” Ms Johnson said.
“The project is delivering more than just roads. In July, work will start on a new dedicated 2km shared bike and pedestrian path over the Logan Motorway at the Mt Lindesay Highway and Beaudesert Road interchange, providing an important connection between Illaweena Street in the north to Acacia Street in the south.
“Delivering this missing link between two existing shared paths is another terrific example of how the Logan Enhancement Project benefits all road users.”
Transurban Queensland General Manager – Delivery, Ian Sinclair, said despite a wet first quarter of the year, construction was pushing ahead.
“The community will soon start seeing several new ramps opening to traffic, including the Mt Lindesay Highway northbound on-ramp to the Logan Motorway westbound, and the new Logan Motorway eastbound on-ramp from Beaudesert Road southbound,” Mr Sinclair said.
“Construction is about 30% of the way there, with more than 1,000,000 construction hours worked to date. On average, 600 people sign on to work each day, dedicated to getting on with the job of upgrading our network to provide better roads for our customers.”
25 May 2018
Nothing is more important than your safety. We would like to understand your views on speed limits through roadwork zones – please take this short, three-question survey.
25 May 2018
We recently donated two GoPros to the students of Pallara State School, for use in their Environmental Program. The students will use the cameras to monitor glider boxes installed in the bushland at the rear of the school. Great initiative that we’re happy to support.
April 2018 drone footage
11 May 2018
The April 2018 drone footage is available below.