Work to start on $16 million D'Aguilar Highway upgrade
29 October 2013
Joint release with:
Wyatt Roy MP
Federal Member for Longman
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and Federal Member for Longman Wyatt Roy today announced that safety upgrades on the D’Aguilar Highway would start next year.
“Today I am reaffirming the Australian Government's election commitment to fund a package of safety works on the D’Aguilar Highway,” Mr Briggs said during a tour of the key sites earmarked for improvement.
“The Government will provide $16 million in funding for targeted works to improve visibility, construct new turning lanes and guard rails, upgrade intersections and drainage and improve signage and line markings on dangerous sections of this highway.
“We will also be talking to the Queensland Government about a funding contribution to the project.”
Mr Roy said the work would make the highway safer and help prevent crashes.
“Too many unnecessary deaths and injuries have occurred on the D’Aguilar Highway,” he said.
“My long-standing resolve to reduce these tragedies has the full support of the new Coalition government.
“We are now ready to begin the job of delivering a safer D'Aguilar Highway.”
Further planning will be undertaken. However, the following works have been identified for potential inclusion in the project:
- Upgrades to both the Gamgee Road and Canando Street intersections;
- Improved visibility between Alzino Quarry and Turnbull Road by cutting back existing vegetation to increase sight lines;
- Safety upgrades between King Street and Bracalba Quarry including installation of additional guardrails and clearing vegetation to improve sight lines;
- Mylett Road to Wararba Creek upgrade including improvements to drainage works; and
- King Street to Kilcoy visibility upgrades including vegetation clearing, improved signage and line markings.
The funding announced today is provided under the Infrastructure Investment Programme, with works anticipated to begin in 2014–15.