Designs complete for QLD D’Aguilar Highway safety improvements

Designs complete for QLD D'Aguilar Highway safety improvements
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Designs for the $19 million safety improvement project for the D’Aguilar Highway between Sandy Creek and Kilcoy in Queensland have been completed.

The project is part of the Australian and Queensland governments’ $415 million infrastructure investment response to COVID-19.

Early works are already underway, with construction expected to start later this year.

The improvements will include the installation of a one-meter-wide centre line on the highway, widening of the highway shoulders, clearing roadside vegetation as well as installing more safety barriers.

A variety of investigations guided the initial development of the highway design, following survey work and geotechnical and environmental investigations.

Federal Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the funding supported the life-saving safety works on Queensland roads.

This project is jointly funded, with $15.2 million committed by the Federal Government and $3.8 million by the Queensland Government.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the project reinforced the need to make the state’s roads safer.

“The D’Aguilar Highway is a key link between the Bruce Highway and Yarraman, and an important connector for rural businesses and communities,” Bailey said. “This particular section is used by more than 7,800 vehicles every day and in the last 10 years, there have been 33 reported crashes.”

“This project will focus on road safety improvements including road widening to accommodate wide centre line treatment, which provides additional separation between vehicles travelling in opposite directions.”

Senator for Queensland Paul Scarr said the roadworks, which included re-surfacing and widening, safety barriers and signs along the highway would be welcomed by locals, businesses, and truck drivers.

“These are potentially life-saving upgrades for all road-users, including bike-riders and pedestrians, particularly along the section used by heavy trucks to access Searles Garden Products and the Kilcoy Pastoral Company abattoirs near Winya Road,” Scarr said.

Other works undertaken on the D’Aguilar Highway in recent years include a $6.3 million investment for road resurfacing and rehabilitation works on four sections of the highway from the Caboolture Bypass to just north of Bracalba Quarry, completed in June 2021

In July 2021, TMR completed road rehabilitation and intersection modification works on the section through Kilcoy. The reconfigured intersections at either end of Mary Street will improve traffic flow through the town.

Safety treatments including wide centre line will be delivered as part of a state-funded, $12 million, project along a four-kilometre section of the highway between west of Lord Lane at Moodlu and the township of Wamuran.

Design is also complete for road rehabilitation and $1.25 million intersection safety improvement works along a four-kilometre section from just west of Kilcoy-Beerwah Road to just west of Stony Creek Road, Stony Creek.

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