Monday 19th Nov, 2018

Upgrade for major freight arterial set to start

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AN “EAGERLY awaited makeover” of the Warrego Highway at Dalby, southern Queensland, is set to get underway this week, focusing on the town’s eastern and western approaches.

Federal infrastructure and transport minister Darren Chester said the upgrades would improve safety for all road users.

“These two projects are among 15 being delivered as part of the Australian Government’s $508 million commitment to upgrade the Warrego Highway between Toowoomba to Miles,” Mr Chester said.

Acting Queensland main roads and ports minister, Steven Miles, said the upgrades would help the freight industry get goods to domestic and international markets more efficiently.

“These two projects will benefit heavy vehicle operators in the agriculture, resources and tourism industries, by reducing delivery times and operational costs,” Mr Miles said.

“Improvements, such as dedicated right-turn lanes at all major intersections of the Warrego Highway through Dalby, will make travelling along this section of the highway safer and more efficient.”

Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said the project should reduce traffic noise for Dalby residents.

Dalby is a small town on Queensland’s Darling Downs, about 220km west of Brisbane.

While it has a relatively small population, it plays a crucial role in the production of such exportable commodities as cotton, grains and beef.

Construction on the Dalby Western Access Upgrade and the Dalby Eastern Access Upgrade are set to be finished late next year 2018, weather permitting.

The $635 million Warrego Highway Upgrade Program is a package of 15 works funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 funding split deal.

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