War­rego High­way up­grade un­der­way

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THE $635 mil­lion War­rego High­way Up­grade Pro­gram is un­der­way in Queens­land, in­clud­ing a 15 sec­tion up­grade that is be­ing funded by the fed­eral and state gov­ern­ment on an 80:20 ba­sis.

This part of the project in­cludes Dalby Western Ac­cess and Dalby East­ern Ac­cess up­grades with a to­tal in­vest­ment of $59 mil­lion and $56 mil­lion re­spec­tively.

Fed­eral in­fra­struc­ture and trans­port min­is­ter Dar­ren Ch­ester says the up­grades will im­prove road safety in the re­gion. “The Dalby East­ern and Western Ac­cess Up­grade projects are all about im­prov­ing safety, with ex­tra pedes­trian cross­ings, traf­fic lights and im­proved street light­ing be­ing put in place,” Ch­ester says.

“These two projects are among 15 be­ing de­liv­ered as part of the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s $508 mil­lion com­mit­ment to up­grade the War­rego High­way be­tween Toowoomba to Miles.”

Act­ing state main roads and road safety min­is­ter Steven Miles says the up­grades will im­prove freight pro­duc­tiv­ity by mak­ing the move­ment of freight ve­hi­cles more ef­fi­cient.

“These two projects will ben­e­fit heavy ve­hi­cle op­er­a­tors in the agri­cul­ture, re­sources and tourism in­dus­tries, by re­duc­ing de­liv­ery times and op­er­a­tional costs,” Miles says.

“Im­prove­ments, such as ded­i­cated right-turn lanes at all ma­jor in­ter­sec­tions of the War­rego High­way through Dalby, will make trav­el­ling along this sec­tion of the high­way safer and more ef­fi­cient.

Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to be com­pleted by late next year.

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