Work is due to begin in January on construction of eight new overtaking lanes between Dalby and Oakey, in a $44 million project under the Warrego Highway Upgrade Program.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said Federal funding of up to $35.12 million had been approved for the project, which will also receive funding from the Queensland Government.
“These new overtaking lanes will improve driver safety and haulage efficiency and benefit all users of the highway, including road freight operators and tourists who underpin much of the region’s economy,” Mr Chester said.
“The funding is being drawn from the $635 million jointly committed by the Australian and Queensland governments to upgrade the Warrego Highway between Toowoomba and Miles, and is part of our commitment to reduce road trauma across Australia.
“Duplication of major highways, installation of road safety barriers, widening road shoulders, better lighting, tactile line marking, improved signage and increasing the number of rest areas are all strategies currently being rolled out through various local, state and federal initiatives.”
Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said work on the Dalby to Oakey Overtaking Lanes project was expected to begin in January 2017 and be completed by late 2017.
“This project will involve constructing east and west-bound overtaking lanes at four locations on the Dalby to Oakey stretch,” Mr Bailey said.
“Drivers will be able to overtake slower vehicles much safer than is currently provided for on those stretches of the Warrego.
“Once the project is completed, travel times and the number of serious crashes recorded between Dalby and Oakey are expected to fall significantly, which is great news for road safety in the region.”