Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss, Federal Member for Longman Wyatt Roy and State Member for Glass House Andrew Powell today announced a major development in the D’Aguilar Highway upgrade with design work starting this month.
Mr Truss said the safety works would focus on fixing high crash zones between Caboolture and Kilcoy.
“The Australian Government is committed to funding measures that will reduce the risk of crashes on our roads,” Mr Truss said.
“The design work that is about to start is part of the highway’s $16 million safety upgrade, fully-funded by the Federal Government.”
Mr Roy said locals have been calling for a passing lane on what is a particularly perilous stretch of the highway.
“I have worked constructively and innovatively with my state colleagues to ensure that this option is considered in the designs,” Mr Roy said.
“What this again proves is that when our LNP members across the region work together, huge gains for our collective community are assured.”
Mr Roy said the D’Aguilar Highway, with its tragic safety history, had long required upgrading.
“But the former Labor government chose to ignore our region as the highway further deteriorated,” he said.
“In contrast, these improvements will benefit the 10,000 motorists who use the Caboolture to Kilcoy section of the D’Aguilar Highway every day.
“Specifically, road design specialists will look at different options to improve safety at the two Gamgee Road intersections and the Canando Street intersection.
“Improving visibility between Caboolture and Kilcoy will also be a major consideration, with options including clearing and trimming vegetation, improving signage and line markings and making upgrades to guardrails.”
Mr Powell said the upgrade’s design – expected to be completed by the end of this year – would be undertaken by the state Transport and Main Roads department.
“We will start the designs this month, and expect to be kicking off construction early next year,” Mr Powell said.
“Starting the upgrade sooner rather than later will benefit the many residents who drive the D’Aguilar Highway.
“The design specialists will look at possible intersection upgrades at both ends of Gamgee Road and J Lindsay Road and R Williams Road, as well as a widening of the highway between the Gamgee Road entry points.
“As well, we expect surface road rehabilitation will be undertaken.”