Safety Works Underway on New England Highway



Road upgrade and safety works are currently in progress on a section of the New England Highway.


The $11.63 million project will include new overtaking lane, wider line-marking and other improvements between Warwick and Wallangarra.


Federal infrastructure and transport minister Barnaby Joyce says the project is part of the National Highway Upgrade Program.


"We are committed to improving safety on our national road network, and this significant safety upgrade on the New England Highway between Warwick and Wallangarra is already well underway," Joyce says.


Queensland transport and main roads minister Mark Bailey says the upgrade aims to improve safety for road users through a range of treatments and will be delivered by Queensland Bridge and Civil (QBC).


"We are determined to make this stretch of the New England Highway safer, and this upgrade will see construction of a new overtaking lane and widening of the centreline," Bailey says.


"The project will also include hazard-zone vegetation removal, line-marking and a minor intersection upgrade at the Mount Stirling Road intersection."


Federal member for Maranoa David Littleproud says the upgrade was welcome news for the region, with works aiming to improve road safety and freight efficiency along this stretch of the New England Highway.


"Around 4,700 vehicles use this route every day, and this upgrade means this road is well prepared for future traffic growth," Littleproud says.


Works are expected to be completed by the middle of the year.


The project is jointly funded by the federal government ($9.3 million) and the Queensland government ($2.33 million).

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