The Federal and Queensland Governments have awarded a contract for Warrego Highway safety upgrades in an investment over $75 million.
Construction tenders have been awarded to the Georgiou Group for the $63.6 million Dalby-Miles Pavement Widening and Safety Upgrades project and the $11.7 million Oakey-Miles Safety Upgrades Package 2.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said the two projects would be delivered together, and incorporated four safety elements identified during roadside safety reviews along the busy stretch.
“Six new car and truck stopping bays will be established between Oakey and Miles, and some trees removed within the clear zones, to reduce off-road crashes,” Mr McCormack said.
He said the five-year Warrego Highway Upgrade Program (WHUP) has already delivered several safety benefits, and these works will make our national highway even safer.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said improving the safety of the Warrego Highway for western motorists and freight operators was a priority.
“The Warrego Highway is an important link to western Queensland for freight and visitors exploring the region for the Year of Outback Tourism,” Mr Bailey said.
“Works include widening sections of Warrego Highway between Dalby and Miles to 12m and eliminating larger slopes along the edge of the highway to significantly boost safety.
“Some sections between Oakey and Miles will also see a wider centre line added for better separation between high-speed west and east-bound traffic.”
Works will start in the coming weeks with construction finishing early next year, weather permitting, and have a combined value of $75.3 million.
The $635 million WHUP is jointly funded by the Federal and Queensland Governments with Federal Government contributing 80 per cent of the project cost.