The first part of a $40 million series of innovative safety upgrades between Oakey and Miles has been completed on the Darling Downs.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the upgrades were part of the Australian Government’s commitment to reducing crashes and fatalities on the national road network.
“The Australian Government is contributing $32 million towards the $40 million upgrade of this stretch of the Warrego Highway,” Mr Chester said.
“We are rolling out a significant number of upgrades through our infrastructure investment program, which are making our roads safer and more efficient for all drivers. The works happening along the length of the Warrego Highway are all part of our plan, and an important part of our commitment to deliver safer roads.”
Federal Member for Groom John McVeigh said the safety upgrades drew upon successful international safety programs to introduce high-visibility signs and road marking proven to be effective at reducing crashes.
“International research indicates that the new town entry treatments installed as part of this upgrade can reduce the number of crashes by more than 25 per cent,” Dr McVeigh said.
“I will be very interested to see the effect the new entry treatment has in Jondaryan. These are designed to remind drivers to slow down and Jondaryan is situated in a location where drivers have been doing 100kph for an extended period of time.”
Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said Macalister, Warra and Brigalow had all received bright new town entry treatments as part of the upgrade in his electorate, while wide centrelines had also been built at various locations between Oakey and Miles.
“The treatments include additional striped line markings and a bright red, raised area on the road surface and are an important investment in the local road network and road safety in general,” Mr Littleproud said.
This is one of 15 projects being delivered as part of the Australian Government’s $508 million commitment to the $635 million Warrego Highway Upgrade Program in partnership with the Queensland Government.
The remaining four packages under the $40 million upgrade between Oakey and Miles will be complete by late 2018.
Source: Australian Government