Three more high­way up­grades an­nounced

Chinchilla News - - NEWS -

THE num­ber of up­grades on the War­rego High­way has been in­creased to 18, af­ter three more were an­nounced.

Queens­land Min­is­ter for Trans­port and Main Roads Mark Bai­ley said the new projects were pos­si­ble due to the cost ef­fi­ciency of pre­vi­ous projects.

“Ad­di­tional works will now be able to pro­ceed on the Car­roll Creek Cul­vert Re­place­ment project (west of Miles), along with fur­ther up­grades between Dalby and Miles and between Oakey and Miles,” Mr Bai­ley said.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Michael McCor­mack said the three ad­di­tional projects were key for mo­torist safety.

“Some sec­tions of the War­rego High­way are still be­low ac­cept­able safety stan­dards, which is why the gov­ern­ment is in­vest­ing in tar­geted, pri­or­ity up­grades such as road widen­ing, pave­ment strength­en­ing, in­ter­sec­tion up­grades and new over­tak­ing lanes,” Mr McCor­mack said.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mara­noa David Lit­tleproud said the ad­di­tional up­grades would con­tinue to im­prove high­way’s ef­fi­ciency and safety.

“This is about mak­ing our net­work safer for lo­cals, truck­ies and tourists. We want peo­ple get­ting home sooner and safer,” Mr Lit­tleproud said.

Queens­land Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Mark Furner said fur­ther up­grades between Dalby to Miles would in­clude pave­ment widen­ing, au­dio tac­tile line mark­ings and wider cen­tre­lines to tackle the risk of head-on col­li­sions.

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