The upgrade of the Urraween Rd intersection.
The upgrade of the Urraween Rd intersection. Hayden Johnson

Speed change on Bay Rd when intersection is built

THE 60kmh speed limit of Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd is likely to be returned to 80kmh when traffic lights are installed at the Urraween Rd intersection.

Tenders will soon be called and construction of the $12.5 million project is expected to begin in the first half of 2017.

As managing director of Wide Bay Transit, Murray Priebbenow's bus drivers can have a difficult time crossing the intersection.

They are often stuck in traffic attempting to cross the road during peak morning and afternoon times.

Mr Priebbenow has praised the state government for the upgrades to make the road safer.

"It's always a concern trying to cross that intersection," he said.

"It's extremely busy and dangerous.

"We've always asked our drivers to take care."

Mr Preibbennow said it was only through good fortune that one of his buses had not recently been involved in a crash.

Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders was pleased to pioneer the upgrade.

"It's not in my electorate but thousands of my constituents use that intersection each day and they deserve a safe intersection," he said.

"Mark Bailer (Main Roads Minister) has come up here and seen how urgently the upgrades are needed.

"The minister has marked it as a high priority and I want to thank the minister for his efforts."

The Department of Transport is also undertaking designs to upgrade the Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd, Scrub Hill Rd and Wide Bay Dr intersections.

That project is expected to begin in early-2017.