After years of advocacy, Federal Member for Flynn, Colin Boyce has welcomed the start of construction for the upgrade of the Drynan Drive intersection in Calliope.
The intersection has daily high-traffic flows including frequent truck movements, with the road often crossed by school children.
Mr Boyce said he has advocated for lights at the Dawson Highway and Drynan Drive intersection in Calliope since 2017 and is pleased to see construction commencing this week.
“I stood at Drynan Drive prior to the 2017 Queensland State Election committing funding for the upgrade of this intersection,” Mr Boyce said.
“Many locals I have spoken with have told me how dangerous this intersection is, especially during morning and afternoon school drop off times.
“Unfortunately, I had to drag the Queensland Labor Government kicking and screaming to commit to this project.
“Labor’s own Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey in 2021 clearly did not consider the project a priority replying to one of my letters that it “must compete against state-wide priorities.” It took 97 days for the Minister to reply to this letter.
“I consider the safety of the Calliope community paramount and I’m glad that the upgrade of Drynan Drive is finally underway.
The project has received $4.8 million from the Federal Government and $1.2 million from the Queensland Government.