Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Work starts on eight new Warrego Highway overtaking lanes

Media Release

DC197/2016

21 November 2016

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

John McVeigh

Federal Member for Groom

David Littleproud

Federal Member for Maranoa

  • New overtaking lanes provide major safety benefits between Oakey and Dalby
  • Part of the wider package of safety works on the Warrego Highway
  • Up to 136 direct jobs expected to be supported throughout the project.

Work has started to build eight new overtaking lanes at four locations, providing vital improvements to driver safety and travel times between Oakey and Dalby on the Warrego Highway.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said this was one of 15 projects that make up the wider Warrego Highway upgrade between Toowoomba and Miles.

“A large number of heavy vehicles use the Warrego Highway to link with other major freight routes in Queensland, and this will be a vital upgrade to improve travel times,” Mr Chester said.

“Each of the projects, including this $44 million overtaking lanes project, will make the highway safer to accommodate growing traffic volumes between Toowoomba and Miles.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said FK Gardner and Sons had won the contract, and started work on the project last week.

“FK Gardner and Sons is an experienced construction group with offices across Queensland. It's great to know the company was originally established in South West Queensland,” Mr Bailey said.

“Up to 136 direct jobs will be supported throughout the life of the project, which is great news for the local area.”

Dr McVeigh said providing eight more safe passing opportunities for both motorists and truck drivers will pay significant dividends in terms of travel time savings and reductions in the number of serious crashes on this section of the highway as drivers are less likely to make risky overtaking moves.

“I am working with all levels of government to ensure investment occurs in the right projects so we can leverage every opportunity that comes our way.

“We need to plan and build now to capitalise on these projects to ensure future supply chains are in place when they are needed,” Dr McVeigh said.

Maranoa MP David Littleproud said the highway's upgrade would increase connectivity and stimulate economic growth in his electorate.

“The Warrego is an important link in Maranoa and this investment not only increases road safety but also strengthens the transport network for locals and the agricultural, tourism and resource sectors,” Mr Littleproud said.

This $44 million project is part of the larger $635 million Warrego Highway Upgrade Program, jointly funded with the Australian Government contributing up to 80 per cent and the Queensland Government contributing up to 20 per cent.