Work has started to build eight new overtaking lanes at four locations, providing vital improvements to driver safety and travel times between Oakey and Dalby on the Warrego Highway.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said this was one of 15 projects that made up the wider Warrego Highway upgrade between Toowoomba and Miles.
“A large number of heavy vehicles use the Warrego Highway to link with other major freight routes in Queensland, and this will be a vital upgrade to improve travel times,” Mr Chester said.
“Each of the projects, including this $44 million overtaking lanes project, will make the highway safer to accommodate growing traffic volumes between Toowoomba and Miles.”
Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said FK Gardner and Sons had won the contract, and started work on the project last week.
“Up to 136 direct jobs will be supported throughout the life of the project, which is great news for the local area,” he said.
This $44 million project is part of the larger $635 million Warrego Highway Upgrade Program, jointly funded with the Australian Government contributing up to 80 per cent and the Queensland Government contributing up to 20 per cent.