More highway upgrades announced
THE total number of upgrades on the Warrego Highway has been increased to 18, after three more were announced.
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the new projects were possible due to the cost efficiency of previous projects.
"Additional works will now be able to proceed on the Carroll Creek Culvert Replacement project (west of Miles), along with further upgrades between Dalby and Miles and between Oakey and Miles,” Mr Bailey said.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the three additional projects were key for motorist safety.
"Some sections of the Warrego Highway are still below acceptable safety standards, which is why the government is investing in targeted, priority upgrades such as road widening, pavement strengthening, intersection upgrades and new overtaking lanes,” Mr McCormack said.
Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said the additional upgrades would continue to improve highway's efficiency and safety.
"The Carroll Creek Culvert Replacement will avoid the need to impose a load limit on that section of the highway, reducing maintenance costs and improving productivity for road freight operators and the key regional industries they serve,” Mr Littleproud said.
"This is about making our network safer for locals, truckies and tourists. We want people getting home sooner and safer.”
Queensland Agriculture Minister Mark Furner said further upgrades between Dalby to Miles would include pavement widening, audio tactile line markings and wider centrelines to tackle the risk of head-on collisions.
"Stage 2 of the Oakey to Miles Safety Upgrade will involve building new rest stops and removing a dangerous drop-off at the road's edge, along with roadside hazards that can prove fatal in run-off-road crashes,” he said.
"The Warrego is a key highway that provides vital access for our agricultural producers to marketplaces in Brisbane and along the coast.”