New traffic lights are set to be installed outside Nerang Fire Station.
Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said work on Beaudesert–Nerang Road was expected to start in August on the new lights.
“Our community has been calling for a safer solution there for years,” Ms Scanlon said.
“The lights will better control movements of QFES vehicles that need priority access in and out of the station.
“I’ve been pushing to see funding made available for the lights, so this is a great outcome in terms of improving the safety of working firefighters, as well as for local motorists.”
Ms Scanlon work to install the lights was expected to start in late August.
Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Craig Crawford said the new traffic lights would be installed in both directions to improve incident response times and safety.
“The Nerang Fire and Rescue Service Station sits on a major arterial road, and crews currently need to wait for two lanes of traffic to stop before responding to incidents,” he said.
“Once the project is complete, firefighters will be able to press a button within the station to activate the traffic lights.
“Motorists will be given plenty of notice to slow down and stop, before the fire truck exits the station, which will significantly improve road safety and ensure firefighters can proceed to incidents safely and quickly.”
Mr Crawford said the project came at an important time for Nerang.
“The Nerang Fire and Rescue Service Station is incredibly busy and has responded to more than 408 incidents so far this year,” he said.
“Demand is likely to increase, which is why QFES is working in partnership with Transport and Main Roads to install these traffic lights.”
Works will take about six weeks to complete, weather and site conditions permitting. The project is being delivered in partnership between the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.
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