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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former 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

Warrego Highway Upgrade Program Extended

Media Release

MM165/2018

19 September 2018

Joint release with:

The Hon Mark Bailey

QLD Minister for Transport and Main Roads
State Member for Miller

The Hon David Littleproud MP

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
Federal Member for Maranoa

The Hon Mark Furner

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
State Member for Ferny Grove

Three more upgrades to Queensland's Warrego Highway are set to be funded, bringing the total number of projects under the Australian and Queensland Governments' Warrego Highway Upgrade Program to 18.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said an initial 15 approved projects were identified and funded under the $635 million program, seven of which have now been completed, and thanks to a competitive tender process and contractor efficiencies savings are being returned towards further upgrades.

“Some sections of the Warrego Highway are still below acceptable safety standards, which is why the Government is investing in targeted, priority upgrades such as road widening, pavement strengthening, intersection upgrades and new overtaking lanes,” Mr McCormack said.

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey welcomed today's announcement, which means the next three priority upgrades will be able to proceed.

“Thanks to cost efficiencies in delivering the existing package of 15 upgrades, additional works will now be able to proceed on the Carroll Creek Culvert Replacement project, along with further upgrades between Dalby and Miles and between Oakey and Miles,” Mr Bailey said.

Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said the additional upgrades would continue to improve highway's efficiency and safety.

“The Carroll Creek Culvert Replacement will avoid the need to impose a load limit on that section of the highway, reducing maintenance costs and improving productivity for road freight operators and the key regional industries they serve,” Mr Littleproud said.

“This is about making our network safer for locals, truckies and tourists. We want people getting home sooner and safer.”

Queensland Agriculture Minister Mark Furner said further upgrades between Dalby to Miles would include pavement widening, audio tactile line markings and wider centrelines to tackle the risk of head-on collisions.

“Stage 2 of the Oakey to Miles Safety Upgrade will involve building new rest stops and removing a dangerous drop-off at the road's edge, along with roadside hazards that can prove fatal in run-offroad crashes,” he said.

“The Warrego is a key highway that provides vital access for our agricultural producers to marketplaces in Brisbane and along the coast.”

The three additional projects, totalling $80.19 million, are being jointly funded with the Australian Government committing $64.15 million and the Queensland Government providing $16.04 million.

For more information on the Warrego Highway Upgrade Program, visit: www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Featured-projects/Warrego-Highway-Upgrade-Program.