The upgrade will involve rolling out a new Township Entry Treatment (TET) on the southern end, dedicated right turn lanes at key intersections and new pedestrian refuges.
Township Entry Treatments, involve signage and other treatments, in this case red coloured pavement, to highlight the transition from high speed roads to townships for motorists.
TET’s have been used in New Zealand and the United Kingdom and have contributed to a reduction to vehicle speeds and crash rates.
Member for Ipswich West Jim 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.”
To further improve safety the upgrade will 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.
The Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said TET’s were already proving a success throughout local communities in Queensland as they enhance driver awareness and reduce vehicle speeds.
A detailed design for the Fernvale Town Centre upgrades will begin in the 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.
He says he upgrades are intended to get locals home safely and tourists safely to their destination.