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Trucking Bay and freight corridor upgrades part of $75M Warrego Highway works

Safety upgrades have been confirmed for the Warrego Highway over the coming months after construction tenders were awarded to the Georgiou Group on the Oakey-Miles and Dalby-Miles projects in Queensland.

The Australian and Queensland governments announced that six new truck stopping bays would be established as part of what has been dubbed the Warrego Highway Upgrade Program (WHUP).

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said improving the safety of the Warrego Highway for 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,” he said.

“Works include widening sections of Warrego Highway between Dalby and Miles to 12 metres and eliminating larger slopes along the edge of the highway to significantly boost safety,” said Bailey. 

“The upgrades will improve safety for all motorists while helping to keep Queensland’s export industries moving as efficiently as possible.”

The projects are anticipated to support an average of 244 direct jobs and local skills before they are completed in the first quarter of 2020.

Maranoa MP David Littleproud said the Warrego Highway was an important and major transport route through his electorate, connecting business with markets and helping to bring people home safely.

“These upgrades are great news for locals, tourists and truckies – creating jobs and helping to make our network safer,” he said. 

The $635 million Warrego Highway Upgrade Program is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments with Australian Government contributing 80 percent of the project cost.

Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack said the two projects would be delivered together, and incorporated four safety elements, identified during roadside safety reviews along the busy stretch.

“I would like to thank the community for its ongoing patience and cooperation, while the five-year WHUP moves into its final stages,” he said.

(Image: Mark Bailey Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister).



 

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