A safer na­tional high­way

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

MUCH needed safety up­grades have started on the New Eng­land High­way as a part of the Na­tional High­way Up­grade Pro­gram.

The $11.63 mil­lion project will see a new 1.5km north­bound over­tak­ing lane on the high­way be­tween War­wick and Wal­lan­garra.

Known ar­eas of head-on crashes or with high crash risk will un­dergo wide cen­tre­line treat­ments and shoul­der widen­ing to help im­prove the high­ways safety.

The Mt Stir­ling Road in­ter­sec­tion at Glen Aplin will un­dergo a mi­nor in­ter­sec­tion im­prove­ment to re­move turn­ing traf­fic from the through lane.

Veg­e­ta­tion will also be cleared from the off-car­riage­way clear zone.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mara­noa David Lit­tleproud said the up­grade was wel­comed news for the re­gion, with works aimed at im­prov­ing road safety and freight ef­fi­ciency along this stretch of the New Eng­land High­way.

"Around 4,700 ve­hi­cles use this route ev­ery day,” Mr Lit­tleproud said.

“This up­grade means this road is well pre­pared for fu­ture traf­fic growth."

Works started in early Jan­u­ary 2018 and will be com­pleted in mid-2018, weather per­mit­ting.

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