Canungra, Peak Crossing and Kalbar now have red roads to deter speeding

ROAD SAFETY: The red markings are to remind drivers to slow down as they enter town. Photo: TMR
ROAD SAFETY: The red markings are to remind drivers to slow down as they enter town. Photo: TMR

Three communities across the Scenic Rim are among the latest in Queensland to receive the "red road" treatment after brightly coloured road markings and signs were installed at the entries to Canungra, Peak Crossing and Kalbar.

Boonah was the first town to receive the Township Entry Treatment when the state government announced the project for the Scenic Rim in 2018 after TET programs in the UK and New Zealand successfully reduced speeding and traffic crashes.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the treatments were proven, cost-effective solutions that improve safety and made sure drivers were more aware of the change in speed limit as they enter towns.

Mr Bailey said the works were conducted by Ventia and RoadTek and complemented a $4.9 million upgrade underway along Beaudesert-Nerang Road through Canungra and between Wonglepong and Mount Nathan.

"Speed, alongside the other fatal five, remain huge factors in crashes on our highway and this is just one measure to help make sure we all drive so others survive," he said.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said the new town entry treatments being installed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads were a welcome addition in the region's towns.

"These entry treatments will give motorists a stronger visual cue to slow down as they approach our towns and villages, which will help keep everyone safe," he said.

"In particular, it will be helpful for our many visitors who come to the Scenic Rim to experience the character of our towns and villages, and who may not be so familiar with existing speed limits."

Ventia contract manager Andrew Spence said the company was honoured to help TMR deliver its Targeted Road Safety Program initiatives.

"Our teams work on state and federal roads and highways network every day," he said.

"We experience first-hand the benefits of initiatives such as the Township Entry Treatments, as it encourages drivers to enter into Queensland's rural and regional towns safely.

"We are also proud to have worked with TMR to deliver a more sustainable solution by providing additional enhancements to the pavement for an extended service life."