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

$6 million Acland intersection upgrade on the way

Media Release

DC158/2016

24 October 2016

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

John McVeigh

Federal Member for Groom

Works will start today on a $6 million upgrade of the Acland intersection between the Warrego Highway and Jondaryan Sabine Road, making the intersection safer and more efficient for all drivers.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said an increased number of heavy vehicles using the intersection had sparked concerns around safety and congestion.

“Projects such as this are part of the Australian Government's commitment to reduce road trauma through road safety investments and targeted upgrades,” Mr Chester said.

“Duplication of major highways, installation of road safety barriers, widening road shoulders, better lighting, tactile line marking, improved signage and increasing the number of rest areas are all strategies currently being rolled out through various local, state and federal initiatives.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the Acland intersection upgrade would improve heavy vehicle access to the Warrego Highway.

“This project will ensure the safety of all motorists, especially heavy vehicles and trains at the intersection and will support 16 jobs during construction,” Mr Bailey said.

“This project is part of the overall Warrego Highway Upgrade Program increasing efficiency, safety and reliability of Queensland's principal east-west route.”

Federal Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh said increased traffic volumes in the region underlined the importance of the project.

“The region's growing agricultural and mining sectors have increased pressure on this section of road, leading to more heavy vehicles using the intersection. Widening the intersection will allow for longer turning lanes on and off the highway which is particularly good news for heavy vehicles and the trains which pass through the level crossing at the intersection,” Dr McVeigh said.

“This project is being funded under the $635 million Warrego Highway Upgrade Programme which is made up of 15 projects designed to improve the safety, efficiency, capacity and flood immunity of the highway.”

The Acland intersection upgrade is expected to be completed in mid-2017, weather permitting. The Australian Government is contributing $508 million and the Queensland Government contributing $127 million to the programme.