From tonight, Queensland Motorways will light up the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges (formerly Gateway Bridges) in yellow to support the Safer Australian Roads and Highways’ yellow ribbon initiative, an event officially endorsed by the UN Global Road Safety Week (6-12 May).
Queensland Motorways CEO Brendan Bourke said the iconic Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges would be lit up in yellow all week to raise awareness of the role that we all play in protecting road users from harm.
“Lighting up the Bridges in yellow is just one of the many things that Queensland Motorways is doing to raise awareness in the community of the importance of road safety,” Mr Bourke said.
“We are asking all motorists to take care on the road and share the road responsibly with other drivers, trucks and pedestrians,” he said.
“Statistically speed is a major contributing factor to fatalities on our road network, so slow down and drive to the conditions, particularly around incidents and road works where there are likely to be response crews and workers on the road.”
Mr Bourke said Queensland Motorways recently launched a road safety awareness campaign “Drive Safe” which is aimed at increasing awareness of road safety among its staff, customers and the community.
“Road safety is a key priority for Queensland Motorways and though our Drive Safe campaign we hope to make travel on the Gateway and Logan motorways safer for all road users.”
Queensland Motorways regularly changes the colour of the lights on the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges to support cultural and community events.
More than 90,000 energy efficient LED lights were installed on the bridges as part of the Gateway Upgrade Project which provide a spectacular feature in the Brisbane skyline.
Mr Bourke said the lighting included a range of interchangeable colours and patterns and was a wonderful way to illuminate the form of the twin bridges in the night sky.
- The Queensland Motorways website is regularly updated road safety information provided by RACQ (http://www.qldmotorways.com.au/community/Road-Safety.aspx).
- Queensland Motorways recently launched its ‘Drive Safe” road safety awareness campaign which is aimed at sharing critical road safety knowledge and promotes safe road practices among motorists, the community and staff.
- Queensland Motorways is an established toll road business and operates the 62 kilometre Gateway, Gateway Extension and Logan motorway network under a 40 year tolling concession with the State Government until 2051.