BUNDALL, Australia, Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Darling Downs is now the most dangerous place to drive in Queensland due to the mining boom and the huge increase of traffic in the area.
Authorities say the roads are clogged and not coping, due to an increase of 18,000 vehicles on the Warrego Highway alone. Rural roads are also being battered by heavy traffic, causing landowner complaints, and the destruction of the pristine environment with dust and pollution.
Global Road Technology is currently working in the Southern Downs region to help reduce the devastating environmental impact on local roads.
Working with some of Australia's largest LNG companies, GRT is helping them reduce their footprint in rural areas with a range of environmentally friendly products for dust suppression and road stabilisation.
GRT Director Troy Adams said the company works with the mining companies, and individual landowners, to design solutions for a variety of applications focusing on protecting the environment as a major priority.
"GRT products use in-situ material to mitigate dust and stabilisation issues by up to 95% on rural roads whilst reducing traffic volumes, water usage, truck and equipment utilisation, fuel usage and landowner complaints. These measures increase safety and provide environment sustainability on rural and regional roads with easy applications," he said.
"By resolving dust issues on roads, GRT products can reduce traffic by eliminating conventional road maintenance for up to three months at a time. This means getting the trucks and equipment off the roads while keeping costs low for companies.
"The landowners also win, with less traffic on their properties, which equals less dust and fewer complaints."
Mr. Adams said it's a win-win situation and he is proud of the positive feedback GRT is now receiving from landowners.
Global Road Technology currently maintain thousands on kilometres of roads in several countries and have office locations around the world with manufacturing facilities located in Korea, India, America and Australia with locally manufactured products currently supplying southeast Queensland.
"The time it takes to build our roads saves considerable resources, materials, money and water and is cheaper, greener and longer lasting than conventional methods."
Mr. Adams, whose father died as a result of traffic accident, said road safety is very important to GRT.
"We lose about 1,400 lives in Australia on our roads each year with the Darling Downs recording 23 deaths already this year, which is 14 more than last year. The Darling Downs has now overtaken the Sunshine Coast as the most dangerous place to drive in Queensland," he said.
"Regional roads represent almost 80% of all our roads when measured in kilometres and are the biggest single factor for business efficiency, domestic and export market success, social connectedness and community safety in rural, regional and remote Australia."
According to The World Health Organization, traffic accidents are the ninth leading cause of death globally with the carnage expected to increase to 2.4 million deaths each year by 2030.
Lloyd Ashcroft, +61 755 919 555
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