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Neville delivers priority funding for notorious Miriam Vale corner.

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Neville Delivers Priority Funding for Notorious Miriam Vale Corner Monday, 27 June 2005

Work will start next month on making a treacherous traffic spot at the southern entry to Miriam Vale safer, thanks to a $1.2 million upgrade delivered by Paul Neville as part of the Auslink transport policy. Mr Neville ensured the project was given high priority under the program because of the number of truck roll overs and other traffic accidents at the tight corner. The roadworks are being entirely funded by the Australian Government, and will include a right-turn lane for vehicles leaving the highway, a bus parking area and a more gentle curve on the highway. Mr Neville said about 420 metres of the highway through town would also be widened to 11 metres. “Thousands of vehicles pass through the Miriam Vale every day, and anything we can do to try and make the corner easier to negotiate will save lives and property,” Mr Neville said. “This is the latest in a series of safety works the Government has funded in and around Miriam Vale in the past few years and I’m sure it will be welcomed by residents and visitors alike.” The construction component, worth $1.2 million, will be undertaken by RoadTek Asset Services (South). The contractors will now endeavour to complete the work in time for the holiday tourist rush in December. Mr Neville said the inadequacy of the existing highway and Larson Street intersection had been demonstrated recently when a truck had overturned while negotiating the tight bend. “The new layout has been designed to accommodate heavy vehicle movements. The new alignment will greatly improve safety and make it easier for drivers to recognise the correct route to the Agnes Waters and Town of 1770 area,” he said. Mr Neville’s focus on road safety has already delivered millions of dollars to local road projects in recent years, with $6 million for the Apple Tree Creek flyover, $3 million for the Callemondah rail overpass at Gladstone and $7.5 million for realignment work on the Bruce Highway south of Miriam Vale. “The Miriam Vale project was top of my priority list for a number of reasons, and it’s only because of wise economic management that the Coalition has been able to add these extra funds to road projects.”