$1.35m upgrade for a highway
MORE than $1 million will be spent by the Federal Government on the Warrego Hwy at Hatton Vale in an attempt to improve the dangerous stretch of road.
The road upgrade, worth $1.35 million, will widen the westbound shoulder of the highway, extend a culvert, install guard rails, and seal the road shoulder.
The median strip will also be closed, stopping right-hand turns across the road and preventing access to a service station on the eastbound side of the road.
The upgrade is part of a federal initiative to reduce black spots.
Of the most recent announcements, the Hatton Vale upgrade is the largest and most expensive in the region.
The Warrego Hwy at Hatton Vale is a well-known danger spot, with crashes a regular occurrence on the stretch of road.
An elderly man was killed at Hatton Vale in November last year when a truck hit the sedan he was driving in the eastbound lane of the highway.
Upgrades will also be conducted in Laidley as well as in Kerry, east of Boonah in the Scenic Rim.
In Laidley, the intersection of Vaux St and Drayton St will see $215,092 spent to install painted right and left-turning lanes and improve sight lines.
The projects were recommended to the Federal Government by a panel of independent road safety experts.
They make up the bulk of $1,595,092 that has been committed to repairing black spots in the Federal electorate of Wright.
Federal Minister for infrastructure and transport Anthony Albanese said he expected the upgrades would be completed in the coming financial year.
Mr Albanese said significant commitments had already been undertaken to repair roads in the electorate.
"Since being elected in 2007, the Federal Labor Government has allocated more than $11.2 million to fix 27 black spots in the Wright electorate," he said in a written statement.
The condition of the Warrego Hwy between Ipswich and Toowoomba as been a concern for residents and motorists and was listed by the RACQ as one of the worst in the state last year.