Works begin on Oakey to Miles Safety Upgrade

Media Release

DC008/2017

13 January 2017

Joint release with:

David Littleproud

Federal Member for Maranoa

Jackie Trad

Acting Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

  • Upgrades will improve safety for all road users while increasing freight efficiency
  • This year will see an extensive volume of construction activity on the Warrego Highway west of Toowoomba

Motorists travelling the Oakey to Miles section of the Warrego Highway will see a number of road projects commencing early this year as part of a $40 million project to improve road safety.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said this project is one of 15 upgrade projects between Toowoomba and Miles as part of the Warrego Highway Upgrade Programme which will be delivered by the end of next year.

“This highway serves a diverse range of motorists, from holiday makers heading to the outback to heavy vehicles transporting agricultural or mining freight to the Port of Brisbane,” Mr Chester said.

“The end result will be a safer road environment and improved driver experience for all motorists on this stretch of the highway while also improving conditions for a safer, more efficient transport of freight.

“The Australian and Queensland governments are committed to delivering a safer Queensland road network, which is why we are investing $635 million into the Warrego Highway Upgrade Programme.”

Acting Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Jackie Trad said construction of the first package of works will include wide centreline marking, road repairs and upgrades to improve town access in Jondaryan, Macalister, Warra and Brigalow.

“Up to 70 jobs will be supported throughout the life of the $40 million Oakey to Miles Safety Upgrade project, which is great news for the region,” Ms Trad said.

“The project includes installing traffic lights at the intersection of the Warrego Highway and Heeney Street in Chinchilla.

“These upgrades are aimed at improving road safety for local motorists and heavy vehicles accessing the highway. Safety upgrades are based on criteria such as road accident history, crash likelihood or severity, and motorist complaints.”

Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said works for the Oakey to Miles Safety Upgrade project was set to start early this year.

“Dozens of jobs will be supported throughout the life of this project, which is great news for the region because not only is this investment making the highway safer and more efficient but also encouraging employment,” Mr Littleproud said.

“Road widening between Jingi Jingi Creek and Brigalow and upgrading the intersection at Station Street in Jondaryan will improve safety for all road users.

“The upgrade aims to improve driver safety and reduce fatal or serious injury crashes on the Warrego Highway.

“These projects will also collectively improve the efficiency of freight transportation between western Queensland and the coast.”

The $40 million Oakey to Miles Safety Upgrade project is jointly funded with the Australian Government contributing $32 million and the Queensland Government $8 million.