A safer national highway
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.