$2 million in safety improvement works will soon be delivered along Toowoomba-Karara Road from Todd Road, Cambooya to Southbrook Road, Felton.
The jointly funded project is set to begin this month (October) and be completed by December 2021, weather permitting.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce announced the start of construction for the jointly funded project to upgrade the increasingly busy road.
The works will involve widening the road and improving safety for turning vehicles at two important intersections along this increasingly busy road.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the improvements were part of the Palaszczuk Government’s record $27.5 billion roads and transport plan.
“Not only are we delivering a record spend on roads and transport over the next four years, but a record portion of that will also be invested in the regions,” Mr Bailey said.
“As a key connector between the Cunningham Highway and the New England Highway, improving the Toowoomba-Karara Road is important to locals.
“Wider lanes and intersection improvements make a big difference when it comes to reducing the likelihood of crashes on our regional roads.”
Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said the upgrades were an investment in the future.
“This project will make the road safer and easier to travel, for locals, tourists and industry,” Mr Littleproud said.
“Investments in local infrastructure are an investment in the ongoing growth and success of the region.”
Queensland Regional Roads Assistant Minister Bruce Saunders said the safety works complemented other projects in the Darling Downs region.
“Road safety is our number one priority,” Mr Saunders said.
“Construction is underway on the Warrego Highway to improve the Brimblescombe Road intersection and reduce the risk of rear-end crashes.
“This comes after construction on the New England Highway, between Stanthorpe and Balladean, to improve the quality of the road wrapped up earlier this year.
“Projects like these keep Queenslanders safe and get them home to their families sooner.”
Federal Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said one life lost on Australian roads is one too many.
“That’s why the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government has committed $3 billion for the nationwide Road Safety Program,” Mr Buchholz said.
“This funding supports the fast roll-out of life-saving safety works on rural and regional roads.”
Federal Member for Groom Garth Hamilton said the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to keeping our communities safe, while securing our economic recovery
“This project is a fantastic local example of our commitment to get Queenslanders home sooner and safer,” Mr Hamilton said.
“The Federal Government is working hard to reduce the number of Australians missing around the dinner table due to tragedies on our roads.”
The $2 million in upgrades are jointly funded, with the Australian Government contributing $1.6 million and the Queensland Government contributing $400,000.
For up-to-date information on roadworks and conditions across the state, visit qldtraffic.qld.gov.au, call 13 19 40 or download the QLDTraffic app.
More information on the Australian Government’s road safety initiatives and investments is available at officeofroadsafety.gov.au.