Work is underway on $11.5 million worth of safety upgrades to the Peak Downs Highway, north of Clermont.
The project will see the Wolfang Rd intersection upgraded, along with three sections of the highway, between Tea Tree Creek bridge and Myall Creek crossing.
RoadTek is carrying out the work, which is expected to be completed later this year, weather permitting.
“The highway is being strengthened and widened, making it safer for oversized and over-mass vehicles, as well as regular road users,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said.
“Two heavy vehicle stopping bays will be upgraded, and a new, protected right turn at the Wolfang Rd intersection will improve safety for road train drivers.
“The project is a partnership between the Australian and Queensland governments through the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, which improves safety and productivity for heavy vehicle operators.”
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said traffic volumes were expected to increase on the Peak Downs Highway.
“Just over 3km of road will be widened to 9m, with 1m shoulders, to increase separation between heavy vehicles, caravans and light vehicles,” Mr Bailey said.
“Widening three sections will enable safer overtaking opportunities, so drivers don’t take unnecessary risks.
“We’re also tackling fatigue for heavy vehicle drivers by upgrading two informal stopping bays.”
Work is also underway on a $35 million upgrade of a 14km section of the Peak Downs Highway between Wuthung Road and Caval Ridge, which is due to wrap up in a few months.