Three more upgrades to Queensland’s Warrego Highway are set to be funded, bringing the total number of projects under the Australian and Queensland Governments’ Warrego Highway Upgrade Program to 18.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said an initial 15 approved projects were identified and funded under the $635 million program, seven of which have now been completed, and thanks to a competitive tender process and contractor efficiencies savings are being returned towards further upgrades.
“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.
Additional works to the vale of $80 million will proceed on the Carroll Creek Culvert Replacement project, along with further upgrades between Dalby and Miles and between Oakey and Miles.
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.”
The three additional projects, totalling $80.19 million, are being jointly funded with the Australian Government committing $64.15 million and the Queensland Government providing $16.04 million.
For more information on the Warrego Highway Upgrade Program, visit: www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Featured-projects/Warrego-Highway-Upgrade-Program.