IMPROVEMENTS COMING: Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the project would upgrade more than 24km of the highway. Picture: Kevin Farmer
IMPROVEMENTS COMING: Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the project would upgrade more than 24km of the highway. Picture: Kevin Farmer

$24.5 million for D’Aguilar Highway safety upgrades

THE Federal Government has announced a $24.5 million safety works package on the D’Aguilar Highway between Nanango and Kingaroy.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the project would upgrade more than 24km of the highway.

It will deliver safety improvements at several intersections and a one-metre wide centre line treatment to increase the distance between drivers travelling in opposite directions.

“The wide centre line treatment rollout has been a huge success on the Bruce Highway,” Mr Bailey said.

“It’s a simple safety solution, which has made a big difference, reducing all casualty crashes on the Bruce Highway by 23 per cent and head-on crashes by 50 per cent.”

Mr Bailey said early planning would likely start in the first half of 2020, with construction time frames announced as the design for the upgrades progressed.

“The detailed design process will determine the intersections that need upgrading and the appropriate treatments,” Mr Bailey said.

“The project will be broken up into several packages which will mean less disruption for motorists and ensure works can be delivered as efficiently as possible.

“Residents and motorists will be notified about any impacts before work starts.”

The project is entirely funded by the Palaszczuk Government through road safety programs, which received a $205 million boost in this year’s budget.

“Travelling on Queensland roads should not come at the cost of innocent lives, and any fatality on our roads is one too many,” Mr Bailey said.

“Queensland’s targeted road safety budget now has more than $900 million committed over four years to fix some of the state’s most dangerous roads and intersections where we know crashes are more likely to occur.”

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