Work on safer, quicker inter-highway link north-west of Brisbane completed
31 January 2018
Joint release with:
Mayor of Somerset
With strengthening and widening works now completed on Gregors Creek Road north east of Yimbun, Queensland, motorists and heavy freight vehicle operators can take advantage of a safer, quicker link between the Brisbane Valley Highway and the D'Aguilar Highway.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Barnaby Joyce said the works, funded under Round 5 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP), were an investment in road safety and the local economy.
“Traffic on Gregors Creek Road has been steadily increasing, and with these major improvements motorists and freight traffic can cut their journey through the area by 6.5 kilometres compared to taking the Brisbane Valley Highway and D'Aguilar Highway,” Mr Joyce said.
“Kilcoy Pastoral Company has increased the capacity of its huge plant at Kilcoy by 50 per cent, which will inevitably lead to more traffic as well as more jobs in the local area.
“Completing this project is another example of how the HVSPP is improving safety for all drivers, as well as efficiency and productivity for freight operators.”
Mayor of Somerset Graeme Lehmann said the $840,000 project widened and strengthened the western end of Gregors Creek Road at Gregors Creek.
“The Brisbane Valley Highway near the intersection with Gregors Creek Road carries 2,465 vehicles every day and the D'Aguilar Highway near the other end of Gregors Creek Road carries 3,600 vehicles every day,” Cr Lehmann said.
“Increasingly vehicles are going to choose Gregors Creek Road as the shortest route between these two points.”
Works on the project started in February 2017. The $840,000 project was jointly funded by the Australian Government and Somerset Regional Council.
For more information about the HVSPP visit: investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/heavy_vehicle_safety_and_productivity.aspx.